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KARA STEVENS THE SKY IS THE LIMIT! Kara wants the world to know that “Anything is possible. Just follow your heart." Cover story by Laura Curtis
ara Stevens is a musical rocket! With her own brand of rock/jazz fusion and some life experience under her shiny belt, this rising star is poised to fly. A recent conversation with this up-and-coming artist reveals a restlessness that only those with a true passion can convey. When asked where she wants her musical journey to take her she exclaimed “The sky’s the limit.” Slated to perform September 15th at SA Monthly Magazine’s “Socialite of the Year” Toga party event, we are honored to assist in her launch! A native of San Antonio, Kara’s music career started out as a hobby. Her words uncover a degree of maturity not usually encountered in someone so young. “Ever since I was 3 years old, I would sing and create Broadway style musicals and perform them for friends and family. I have always known that music was the path I would follow.” How that path would unwind before her was a bit less clear.
As a student at Churchill High School, she was a 5A All
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State pitcher and has tried out for the Olympics several times. Mediocrity is clearly not a word in this young woman’s vocabulary. While a student at UTSA, she was studying painting /sculpture and met an instructor that recognized her talent and drive. “Ken Little”, she exclaims, “was instrumental in her development as an artist” and eventually a performer. At the annual UTSA Student Awards show one year, she was surprised when Little announced that all the awards for that year were going to one artist. That artist was Kara Stevens. While a professor at UTSA, every month Ken Little would invite fellow artist friends and students to The Cove, a local restaurant that features live music. With his encouragement, she states, “I got up there with my guitar, sang and got approached by a label.” In a poignant conversation with that label’s producer after the show, he turned to her and remarked, “You can continue on your path in fine art and be famous when you’re dead, or move forward with your music now”. With that ringing profoundly in ears, though poised to receive scholarships in a fine arts career, she signed with Studio 37 and thus began her musical journey. She started with her base set in rock music like the classic tunes of Heart and Pat Benatar, and later while fronting for another band, performed hits by Poison, Metallica and Guns N’ Roses. Not wanting to get stuck solely in the “rock bar scene” and a fan of many genres of music, she joined forces with her former professor’s brother, Mark Little, who just happened to be a classically trained jazz pianist. Out of this unusual amalgam of artists Onsequam evel erunt re nobis ut que
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and talent, The Band Kara was born. She describes the music she performs today as “a free improv of jazz with the power of rock”. “Most jazz singers croon in a soft or falsetto tone.” She explains. “My version is newer and more powerful with a rich quality.” This unique “razz” sound, as she calls her rock/jazz vibe of music, coupled with her athletic moves, good looks, and unrivaled passion along with Mark’s musical abilities, are creating a buzz in the music scene. Asked what she wants to ultimately get out of her music career, she did not even stop to think. “I want to inspire people. Everything that happens to us, every life experience, good or bad, becomes part of who we are. When I sing, I want to take people to another place and encourage emotion and feeling.” Having suffered from dyslexia all of her life, she knows how it feels to be told, “You can’t do that”, or “You’re not good enough”. Kara wants the world to know that “Anything is possible. Just follow your heart.” Her life thus far is testimony as to how far believing in yourself can bring you. We expect to see much more of this driven young artist in the future, not just locally, but nationally and with a little luck, internationally. Look to the sky, Kara Stevens is coming! Cover Photo and Cover Story Images by Jim Wilkinson. www.gotkara.com Cover photo & cover story images by Jim Wilkinson
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DARKNAUT is a San Antonio-based artist featured on Synthtopia (for the video of "This Thing We Call Reality", official selection at the Los Angeles International Music Video Underground Festival), Zero Magazine (Sweden), and Reverbnation (as a crowd pick featured on the homepage of the popular website). Website and Social Media Links Website: www.darknaut.com Bandcamp: www.darknaut.bandcamp.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/darknautmusic Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/darknautmusic Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0POeoZlwP6djEtUAbtxS9a Twitter: www.twitter.com/darknautmusic Youtube: www.youtube.com/darknautmusic
The magical sounds of Libera enchant audiences across the world - from Moscow to Manila, from Westminster to Washington, from Tokyo to Toronto, from Shanghai to Singapore. The boys’ distinctive white robes recall Libera’s traditional origins, yet their music - which is at once both ancient and modern - reaches across the generations to a wide audience.
es, the multi-platinum alternative rock band The Verve Pipe are recognized worldwide for their radio hits Photograph, Hero, Happiness Is, Never Let You Down and the #1 smash single The Freshmen. In addition to their success on radio, TV and film, sold-out concert dates throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia, features in Rolling Stone, Interview Magazine and many more, and videos on MTV and VH1, the band has made numerous television appearances, including The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and Late Night With David Letterman.
CARLOS ALVAREZ STUDIO THEATER SEP 12, 7:30 PM This performance takes place in our 250 seat black box Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater. Tickets are limited. GA Tickets: $27.50 VIP GA Tickets: $55.00 (includes GA seating in H-E-B PERFORMANCE HALL the first few rows and a meet/greet with the artists) SEP 13, 7:30 PM SEP 15, 7:30 PM OPERA San Antonio presents Verdi’s La Traviata With a reputation for spectacular live performanc- Thursday, September 13, 2018, at 7:30 PM
Saturday, September 15, 2018, at 7:30 PM Tickets: $35, $55, $89, $125, $175, and $184 Verdi’s MUSIC IS INCOMPARABLE, WITH ONE HEARTSTOPPINGLY BEAUTIFUL MELODY AFTER ANOTHER, in this exquisitely romantic story. Within the social whirl of sophisticated Paris, the courtesan Violetta lives purely for pleasure but longs for true love. She finds the right man in Alfredo, but their happiness is cut short: at his father’s insistence, Violetta leaves Alfredo for the sake of his family. Her spirit broken, her health shattered, Violetta now lives only with the hope that Alfredo will return to her. La Traviata gives us one of opera’s most glorious heroines, a woman of boundless humanity and emotional depth. H-E-B PERFORMANCE HALL AUG 31, 8:00 PM General Admission SRO Floor tickets: $29.50 Assigned seating tickets: $29.50 and $39.50 Some things are just destined to be, like the rising music career of A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie.
The 21-year-old, Bronx, New York rapper, whose real name is Artist Dubose was born to create. My dad named me Artist. His whole life’s passion is art,A Boogie says. Today he’s racking up millions of streams across all digital platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora and has taken over radio airwaves all over the nation. His unique style has even grabbed the attention of some of raps biggest stars like Drake, DJ Khaled and Meek Mill. However, before he became a national sensation, A Boogie was just a kid from the Bronx with a passion for rap and the drive of a superstar. CARLOS ALVAREZ STUDIO THEATER SEP 20, 7:30 PM SEP 21, 8:00 PM SEPTEMBER 21, 8:00PM SOLD OUT SEPTEMBER 20, 7:30PM - SOLD OUT GA Tickets: $29.50 GA VIP Tickets: $65 (Only 50 available! Includes GA seating in the first three rows, a meet/greet, and an autographed poster)
Tickets are limited to only 275 in the Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater. Book of Love is an American synth-pop band formed in 1983. Friends since high school, Ted and Susan Ottaviano (who share the same last name but are not related) initially worked musically with Jade Lee, Susan’s classmate at the Philadelphia College of Art, in the early 80s. In 1983, the trio began recording as Book Of Love; the following year, Ted recruited New York’s School of Visual Arts fellow student Lauren Roselli to round out the quartet. H-E-B PERFORMANCE HALL SEP 23, 4:00 PM 2018 marks the resurgence of a recent San Antonio tradition focused on the Mexican-American baby boomers by presenting the Patio Andaluz 2018 Reunion. Now celebrating its 3rd show at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, this showcase has become the most anticipated event for its star-studded talents and story-telling host Henry Pepsi Pea.
Patio Andaluz was a weekend gathering spot, from the late 50ís to the mid 70ís, for San Antonio’s oldest teenagers. This was the center of the universe because it was where they made new friends, danced to the latest craze and listened to popular bands like: Sunny and the Sunliners, The Royal Jesters, Barbara Lynn just to name a few. Today, the corner of South Colorado and West Commerce, the original spot, is no longer there but the spirit of those youthful nostalgic nights still linger. H-E-B PERFORMANCE HALL SEP 25, 7:30 PM Reserved Seating Tickets: $59.50, $76.50, $89.50, and $124.50 Meet and Greet VIP Ticket: $350.00 (see below for details) Billy Idol was an early architect of the sound, style, and fury of punk rock. His lip-curling sneer and fist-pumping persona vaulted him into the mainstream as one of MTV’s first megastars, making him one of the most recognizable faces in pop music, while selling out arenas everywhere he plays.
Billy Idol VIP Package (only 50 available) - Reserved Ticket in Rows 1-3 | $350 Meet & Greet with Billy Idol and Steven Stevens Individual Photo with Billy Idol and Steve Stevens
$40 Merchandise voucher to be used at the Billy Idol Online Store Commemorative Billy Idol Meet & Greet Laminate CARLOS ALVAREZ STUDIO THEATER
AUG 13, 7:30 PM GA Tickets: $16.50 (only 250 available!) Join us for a night of music and comedy hosted by
Ninja Sex Party’s very own Ninja Brian. In this all-star cast you’ll be treated to comedy, music, and much much more!
After he left The Sandbar, he led the culinary team at Brigid, a restaurant that immediately vaulted to the city’s top tier. It was awarded rave reviews and gave a sense that Carlson was about to break out.
Chef to look out for: Chris Carlson Trained at one of the nation’s most respected culinary programs and with experience at Michelin-starred restaurants, Chef Chris Carlson is a talented and skillful chef who’s poised to break out as a culinary star when The Maverick opens later this year and begins offering its imaginative, free-spirited and original experiences. For 15 years, Carlson worked alongside Andrew Weissman, long regarded as one of the city’s greatest chefs. They first collaborated at Le Rêve, and Gourmet magazine proclaimed it as one of the top 10 restaurants in the country. He stayed in Weissman’s group as chef de cuisine at The Sandbar, a critical favorite as the best seafood restaurant in the region. The Sandbar was named as one of the Top 10 restaurants in the San Antonio Express-News Top 100 Dining and Drinks publication.
But the raves shouldn’t have been a surprise. The Chicago native trained at the Kendall College culinary program (generally considered on the top tier with the Culinary Institute of America, Johnson and Wales and the California Culinary Academy), and went on to with the internationally renowned culinary icon Charlie Trotter. From there, he went to MK and the James Beard-award winning Trio. Carlson soon left Brigid and began consulting for a new restaurant, Edera Osteria Enoteca. Even with a largely inexperienced staff, Carlson’s leadership lifted the team to create a well-regarded dining destination tucked away in a historic neighborhood. At Maverick, he has taken the fire-flavored menu to a new level and shown San Antonio -- and the thousands of visitors to the city -- the depth of his skill. Already, San Antonio has had three James Beard Award finalists, a runner-up on Food Network Star and a finalist on Iron Chef: Gauntlet. Carlson is poised with Maverick to show that he’s the city’s next big culinary star.
Maverick's Arugula & Pickled Vegetable Salad 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla ½ Teaspoon of Cinnamon ½ Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper 1 Teaspoon of Salt Pickled Shallots ¼ cup Red Wine Vinegar ½ cup water 6 ounces Sliced Shallots ½ teaspoon Mustard Seed 1 tablespoon sugar 1½ tablespoons salt Pickled Beets 1 cup water 1/8 cup salt ¼ Cup malt vinegar 6 cloves garlic ¼ bunch of dill
Ingredients Tangerine Dressing ½ cup Pomegranate Juice ½ cup Mandarin Orange Juice ½ cup Red Wine Vinegar 1½ Teaspoons salt ½ cup lemon juice 1 cup Vegetable oil ¼ teaspoon xanthan gum Pickled Carrots ½ cup white vinegar 1 cup water ½ cup sugar 2 Teaspoons of Mustard Seed 2 Tablespoons of Salt Spiced Nuts 10 ounces Walnuts 1.5 ounces whole milk
Instructions Tangerine Dressing Blend all ingredients together. Pickled Carrots Bring all ingredients to a boil and pour over thin slices of carrots. Spiced Nuts Place all Ingredients in a bowl over direct heat. Continually stir until the nuts have crystallized. Place them on a lightly oiled sheet pan and allow them to cool down. Then place them in a Cuisinart and blend well. Pickled Shallots Slice the shallots very thin and place them in a bowl. Next bring all the ingredients to a boil and pour over the shallots and cover with plastic wrap. Cool until room temperature. Pickled Beets Blanch and peel beats. Then dice the beets and set them aside. Bring the water, salt, vinegar to a boil and remove from the heat. Add the garlic and dill then pour over the beets and cool down to room temperature. Assembly To assemble the salad combine the carrots, arugula, beets and shallots. Toss the salad with the vinaigrette. Top the salad with the crushed nuts and goat cheese crumbles. Finish with a crack of black pepper.
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Barriba Cantina The Riverwalk is the numero uno place for San Antonians to take visitors to impress them, so it makes perfect sense that itís the number one place to hold an impressive event, whether your guests live here or not. Check out this new option where you can rent one, two (and up to six) premium restaurants (County Line Legendary Bar-B-Q, Barriba Cantina, Howl at the Moon, Merkaba, Paesanos and/or Hard Rock Cafe) for a premier event in the ìSouth Bankî area of the river (across from Nix Hospital)---and heck: they can barricade Crocket Street and even a parking lot, if you need a LOT of space. Talk about a block party--your party will be on the Riverwalk, one
of the most beautiful and most famous ìblocksî in the world! Capacity ranges from 200 to 600 at individual restaurants, and up to 2,150 for all six venues. Add the parking lot and the street and you can invite 5,000 of your closest friends! Example: County line and Barriba Cantina together can host 450 people and offer a montage of puro Texas BBQ and Mexican food while your guests sip ice-cold Margaritas or Texas craft beers. You can rent any combination of any of the restaurants, meaning your event could be nestled in the trees of the Riverwalk, on one, two or three levels. To learn more, contact Kimberly Straughan, CTA, Events Manager of Barriba Cantina & The County†Line,†at 210-228-9876 or email@example.com.
Ceviche Recipe – Barriba Cantina Ingredients 2 lbs Tilapia – cut into ½ inch portions 1 cup lime juice (freshly squeezed) 1 cup lemon juice (freshly squeezed) 6 tbsp Orange Juice (freshly squeezed) ½ cup Olive Oil (Extra Virgin) 3 cups Fresh Corn Pico de Gallo 1 tsp sugar ½ tsp Ground Black Pepper ½ tsp Kosher Salt Directions First and foremost this recipe is made much easier when it is accompanied by a pitcher of margaritas!
Combine all wet ingredients and whisk well. Add remaining ingredients and gently fold into wet mixture. (Do not mix briskly). Whole mixture should be submerged in juice. Place in refrigerator for one hour. Strain well and place in clean container to refrigerate until ready to serve. For a fun presentation serve it straight up in a martini glass with a wheel of lime. Then top if off with fresh guacamole, sprinkled with pico de gallo, and warm tortilla chips.
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Gin Tonic (pronounced JIN-tonic). Spanish Sipping Thursdays:
Sip Spain at Pearl Tour Pearl every Thursday evening during OLĂ&#x2030;, San Antonio and experience unique Spanish wines, cava sangrias, and sherries. And don't miss our official drink of summer: the Spanish Gin Tonic (pronounced JIN-tonic). The Spanish have elevated the humble cocktail to an art form's complete with large format ice, Spanish gin, artistic presentation, and imaginative garnishes. Check participating restaurants and bars for operating hours.
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Gain Time Using Posture Time. What does it mean to you? Valuable? Limited? Do you feel there is never enough time for all the things you need to do? A huge “YES” highlights the daily challenge of using your time wisely and the common tendency to sacrifice your fitness. An essential part of your fitness is exercising, but doing it costs you time. Ugh! Choosing not to exercise creates health issues that eventually must be fixed, costing you time. Double ugh! So, what can you do to increase your fitness that also gains time? Use your posture during everything you do.
If you don’t like exercise, using your posture during daily activities, such as walking the dog, turns everything you do into exercise without having to go to the gym, gaining you time. If you like exercise, using your posture creates a more efficient work out, such as requiring less repetitions and sets to achieve your goal, gaining you time. Your posture is a powerful tool already inside you and available to use right now. Use your posture for better fitness, plus gain that valuable and limited resource, time. John-Michael Ruiz, CES, is Founder of POINT 52 Posture System. Call 210-825-0924 or visit POINT52.com.
Sherri's Fit Tip:
If you think being fit and strong is only about how often you work out, think again! You must eat healthy for proper nutritional benefits which includes eating every two to four hours. Eating healthy includes lean meats, vegetables, whole grains, and lots of water. Doing this will help rev up your metabolism to reduce body fat. Also, reduce your sugar intake. Sugar can encourage fat storage and slow your body down. One more thing, taking in vitamins and minerals are important for building strong bones, muscles, and provides essential nutrients the body needs but cannot produce in sufficient amount on its own.
Sherri Braxton is SA Monthly Magazine Fitness Editor & Owner of Sherri Fitness www.sherrifitness.com
The next important thing…let’s talk about working out. For some people its not easy to focus on eating the right foods AND getting into the gym for some hard-hitting exercise. But this is necessary if you want to see the best fitness results. Now go get your sneakers and workout gear on and train insane three or more days per week doing cardio and weight resistance exercises. Let’s go and build a stronger and healthier you!
The Gym Member—The True Inspiration
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Even Those Who Are There To Inspire Get Inspired During the 27-years I have given nutri�on counseling, trained, taught ﬁtness classes, clients have taken the �me to let me know how much I mean to them, what a diﬀerence it makes in their life to spend that one hour or two a week with me, enduring the sweat and encouragement. There has been many �mes clients have surprised me with birthday gi�s, Christmas gi�s, and “just because” gi�s to show their apprecia�on. Many years ago I took it with a grain of salt. I was ﬂa�ered, but I just saw it as my “li�le” part-�me job. There was a �me where I would walk into an aerobic room ﬁlled with awai�ng members and I saw them as a whole, not as individuals with diﬀerent needs and diﬀerent reasons for being there.
pounds. I could tell she was new by the way she migrated to the corner of the back room, almost hoping to disappear behind those in front of her. Not thinking much of it, I went through my one-hour class, ﬁnished, and was wrapping it up when this shy and overweight lady came up to me asking me if I could help her get the step movements down. Without hesita�on, I did. I went through the movements with her over and over again un�l she felt conﬁdent about her ability. While I ﬁnished gathering my things, she put her step away and thanked me before walking out the door. I smiled back and told her, “No problem…” Again, I didn’t think much of it. What I didn’t realize was what that moment represented, not only to the lady that I didn’t bother ge�ng her name, but what that moment would mean to me years later.
Then, a day just like any other day, I just started my class when a lady walked into the aerobic room. She was average height, medium length reddish Two years went by and I con�nued to teach my classes gym hair, and weighed about 325to gym s�ll holding a care-free Find Out More About a�tude about what I did and what it meant to others who KMM: gave me their �me. It was a www.kaisermedicalmanagement.com 1-800-764-0418 Sunday morning when I no�ced someone “new” in the front of More About Lenore at my class. She was average www.lenoregregson.com height, short reddish hair, and weighed about 110-pounds. The only interac�on we had before or during class was a smile. A�er class, she came up to me with a gi� and a card introducing herself as Carol. She went on to tell me what an inspira�on I was to her and how much my encouragement in class has helped her be a third of the person she was the day I met her. Needless to say, I was ﬂoored by not only the drama�c change she made in her appearance, but to think I never saw her as an individual, only as part of a room ﬁlled with people. I can’t even remember what her gi� was because the best gi� was the
card a�ached ﬁlled with wonderful aﬃrma�on for what my “li�le” part-�me job represented to her. That was the ﬁrst realiza�on I had on the importance of what my one or two hours a week meant to each individual in my class. My second realiza�on was yet to come. A few years went by and Carol was my number one fan as I was hers. Where ever I was teaching, regardless of where it was in the city, she was there. Summer was in the air by this �me and I started no�cing Carol’s absence from my class. Months went by and I started asking mutual friends about her, but no one knew. By luck, I subbed a class one morning and ran into a friend of hers. Her friend told me Carol was diagnosed with cancer. Worried and not knowing how to reach Carol, I gave her friend my telephone number and asked her to have Carol call me. A month went by when I received a call. On the other line was Carol’s sister. Apparently, Carol’s sister had been trying to ﬁnd me and was able to track me down through the gym a�er I gave them permission to release my telephone number to her. She told me Carol passed away, leaving two children and her husband behind. She went on to tell me that I was the only person outside of the family Carol le� in her will—a bracelet and a note. She was calling to get my address to send it to me. I asked Carol’s sister why Carol didn’t call me or let me know and she simply said, “Carol thought the world of you and couldn’t bare burdening you with her illness.” Carol’s last note to me was ﬁlled with beau�ful words beyond descrip�on, but apart of that note talked about her cancer and how long she knew about it. I thought back at all those �mes she would come to
class with a smile and upbeat a�tude so eager to be there. She never once possessed the image of a person who was dying. I was her inspira�on, but I never got to tell her she was mine.
By Crystal Sepulveda
Everyone wants to look and feel good about themselves. The recent body positive movement states “Being Body Positive is acceptance and appreciation for all body types. It Is a social movement rooted in the belief that all human beings should have a positive body image and be accepting of their own bodies as well as the bodies of others.” Most people start their journey to health and fitness through diets. What does it take to be successful and stay successful in our fitness journeys? Let’s begin with some popular diets on the market right now. 1. Ketogenic & Atkins Diet that says you can cut out all your go-to carb sources such as like grains, rice, beans, potatoes and sweets while loading up on staples like meat, fish butter, eggs, cheese and low carb greens. 2. Paleo Diets says that we only consume food that were presumed to be the only foods available to humans in the paleolithic era. 3. Body Type Diets say whether ecto, meso or endomorph eating, and exercise should be fu-
eled and tailored to the type of body you have. 4. Detox & Cleanses report that by avoiding from certain foods and intaking food that cleanse or rid the body of toxins your body can “reset” itself and help with digestion and future weight loss. 5. Supplements, claim to help your body burn fat, help with food cravings and are often not FDA approved. 6. Lastly, Low fat diets require you eat food
down on yourself when you slow in your progress. labeled “low-fat” however just because the label 3. Limit placing yourself in places of tempsays low fat does not mean it is not full of sugar tation until you get a firm grasp on your plan. If and calories. you know that you LOVE pizza, cause lets be real who doesn’t? When invited to places you will be These are a few diets that at some point in time we tempted, have a plan. Eat before you go and plan have tried some variation of. Americans report to food while you are there. have attempted 5.3 diets over their lifetime. On 4. Allow your fitness journey to be a fun and average women report trying diets 7 times in their interesting part of your life. Not just a diet or lifetime. What is the key to getting fit and staying season but a lifestyle change. successful. Here are a few tips simple tools to 5. Lastly, surround yourself with positive start with. people working toward the same goals. 1. Set measurable goals. Whether that be “Surrounding yourself with people on the same body fat, pounds, time on your mile or distance mission as you make the journey more of an adwithin 30 mins of exercise. Having a way to venture rather than impossible obstacles to overmeasure your successes will keep you focused and come”-J. Inman of Next Level Training motivated. 6737 Poss Road, Ste 102 2. Set Small goals to start. If overall you “Loving yourself is the greatest revolution” wish to lose 30 pounds start with the first five Stay Positive My Friends pounds. Celebrate in your victories and don’t get
First, a few tweaks to how you eat, namely the kind of calories you eat and when you eat them. Believe it or not it DOES matter when you eat what, especially carbs. While there are not necessarily rules on when you should never eat carbs but there are definitely rules on when to eat the right carbs. For example, carbs before a workout are great, but you want to limit the amount of fiber you eat before a workout or you can suffer some tummy troubles during your workout. Choosing carbs that do not have a substantial amount of fiber are best so that your body can metabolize it easily. If you do choose carbs with fiber, give it enough time to digest (at least an hour) to avoid digestive he word diet has such a bad rep and rightfully so. No one wants to starve issues. Another rule of the right kind of carbs is after a workout. When you have done an themselves or cut out entire food intense workout, especially one requiring groups just to lose a few pounds. weights, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to eat carbs, it is best Losing weight starts from creating lifestyle changes that are incorporated into your every- to eat a higher glycemic carb like white potatoes, white rice, rice cakes, etc. The spike in day life. These become habits that you can insulin will help bring these carbs to where live by. Here are some easy changes you can they need to go to repair damage done during make that can help you shed pounds. your workout. These carbs will not have the By Hope C. Pedraza
same effect when eaten randomly in the day, your body will metabolize these differently! A third rule of carb eating is for the carbs you are eating throughout the day. When you are eating a meal not centered around workout you want the carbs you are eating to be low glycemic carbs (those that are not going to cause a spike in insulin) to see energy steady and your blood sugar stable. These are things like quinoa, brown rice, sprouted oats and other whole grains that are full of fiber and other nutrients. One of the biggest tips I can give anyone wanting to lose weight, especially when we’re talking body fat, is one word: muscle. That’s right, building lean muscle is really the only way to get rid of body fat. Muscle actually burns fat while you’re at rest, so the buff
guy at the gym is burning more fat just sitting still then you are during your sweaty cycle class. The more muscle you build, the more fat you are going to burn. Muscle is going to build in 2 ways: diet and exercise duh. But to be more specific, it’s the type of things you are eating and the types of exercise that can help build a lean body. Carbs and carb timing, as I mentioned earlier, is one way to help keep the fat away and hold on to muscle. The other nutrient you need to keep an eye on is protein. Protein is the building block of muscle so getting adequate protein is essential to building lean muscle. Aim to eat at least 1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight. To build lean muscle, you also need to hit the weights. It doesn’t have to be super heavy weights every day; it could be as simple as going up a cou-
ple pounds in your barre class, grabbing the tighter resistance band for arms in dance cardio, or grabbing the heavier medicine ball in your sculpt class. The key is always challenging your muscles and working them to fatigue. Building the lean body you want requires a combination of weight training AND the right amount of protein. One without the other will result in you burning through your muscle during your workouts (the result: skinny-fat) or just eating a ton of protein for the sake of eating protein. You need both, as well as proper recovery to create and maintain muscle. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how it works. Weight training puts stress on your muscle fibers which then have to repair themselves. These repaired muscle strands increase in thickness as they repair creating muscle growth, as long as your body is adequately nourished and rested. You see, this process happens when you are resting, not while you are working out. If you are not nourishing your body between weight training bouts, you are just going to continue damaging these little muscle fibers so they never repair themselves which means they never have chance to grow to build lean muscle. The long and short of it is this: you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t spot reduce fat (sorry!) But if you want to lose body fat you need to begin weight training while keeping yourself nourished and well rested! One last exercise tip for losing weight is to incorporate HIIT workouts. These High Intensity Interval Training workouts get a lot done in a short amount of time, because it is quick intense bursts of exercises which revs up your metabolism and will keep your burning fat and calories even after you have stopped. When doing your own HIIT workouts, you want to get in as much work as you can in a short amount
of time. If you are just getting started with HIIT workouts, try just doing some bodyweight exercises (think push ups, air squats, burpees, lunges etc) in your HIIT and throw in weighted exercises once you have gotten use to the pace of a high intensity workout. Aim to include some combo moves in your HIIT workout (moves that work many muscle groups at the same time). By using combo moves, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really doing double duty, because not only are you getting your heart rate up and working cardio endurance, but since you are using multiple muscle groups you are exponentially amping up the calorie and fat burn by throwing in muscle endurance at the same time. Think moves like dead lifts, wall balls, burpees, thrusters (squat to overhead press), ground to overhead with a weight or weighted bar, etc. Combining these tips will keep you away from the diet mindset and into a healthy mindset where you are using food as fuel while also getting stronger; that feeling you get on the inside from getting into a healthier routine is just as big of an accomplishment as the number changing on the scale! -Hope Cowgill Pedraza Owner, inBalance BASI Certified Comprehensive Pilates Instructor NASM Certified Personal Trainer NAFC Nutrition Coach 210-852-4020 inbalancesanantonio.com Location: 23535 IH 10 West Suite 1203 San Antonio, TX 78257
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Self confidence is key to success , people who lack self confidence find it difficult to achieve their goals in this challenging world. Health beautiful smile is big contributing factor to improve self-confidence. People who seek beautiful smile knows that dentist and orthodontist are two professional that can help improve their smile and overall appearance. Before you go to orthodontist you need know these basic term that may help you understand your dental condition better. Overbite When you go to dental office you will see this term used over and over. But most people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exactly understand what overbite is and often mix up term overjet with overbite.
So what is overbite ? Overbite is term used to describe overlap of upper teeth over lower teeth that is vertical distance between edge of upper teeth to edge lower teeth. Overlap of 2-4 mm is considered normal but when overlap is more than 5 mm it is consider abnormal and orthodontist can help you correct overbite. Overbite makes up about 70 percent of dental disorder making it most common malocclusion in children.
Excessive overbite Kids can inherited overbite from their parents and condition can be worsened by thumb sucking habit or excessive use of pacifier appliance or lip sucking or tongue thrusting habit. Excessive overbite can lead to trauma to front teeth, patient might develop headache overtime and it can also lead to TMJ problems.
These are some of overbite correction cases from our orthodontic clinics. Please consult with orthodontist regarding your needs. Most orthodontist donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t charge fees for first consultation or x-rays. Notice difference in gummy smile reduction as well. People with excessive gingival display at smile can benefit from overbite correction. If your overbite is corrected properly your gummy smiles reduces in some cases.
Medical Series By Wendy Askew, MD
To CBD, or not to CBD.
That is the question on the minds of many: politicians, citizens, patients. My answer is yes to cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, as well as to THC. The time for medical marijuana to move forward in Texas has come. CBD is a chemical constituent of the hemp plant, aka cannabis or marijuana. The plant is one of the most practical known and can be refined into a variety
of commercial items including: paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, insulation, biofuel, food, animal feed, and medicinals. The history of how the hemp plant came to be demonized in American culture is a sordid tale of greed, racism and propaganda, all used to protect the financial interests of some of the wealthiest men in American history. It rewrote the true story of the incredibly versatile and beneficial plant that had the potential to be an economic and health boon to this country.
The current body of research on cannabidiol; the non-psychoactive component of the hemp plant shows so much promise and potential benefit for so many health conditions that anyone who has any knowledge of itsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; effects in our bodies would
have to support expanded legalization of cannabis. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component of the cannabis plant is more controversial, though no less promising for a variety of health conditions. Did you know that we have inside of us a system, known as the endocannabinoid system that serves as a master regulator of nerve and immune system function? Our own bodies produce two substances that are structurally similar to CBD called anandamide, and 2-arachidonoylglycerol; which act on the same receptors that CBD does.
These compounds exert effects on mood, memory, pain relief, as well as pleasure and reproduction. Other effects are likely, though not yet elucidated. There are endocannabinoid receptors throughout our brains that modulate conditions including
seizures, anxiety, pain, ADD & ADHD. In other parts of our bodies, those receptors on cells, act to modulate our immune systems and show promise in the treatment of autoimmune disorders including psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and even Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease. The research is ongoing, as much as possible, given the plantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current DEA classification of it as a schedule 1 drug. A schedule 1 drug is categorized as a substance that has no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The safety of CBD is unquestionable. The list of conditions and symptoms that it shows promise in treating includes: pain, nausea, insomnia, asthma, migraines, osteoporosis, Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease, PTSD, glaucoma, inflammation, even type 1 diabetes. This list is the tip of the iceberg, but I wanted to name some of the more common problems that CBD has been used effectively on. In March of 2019 the legislature will have an opportunity to decide whether Texas moves forward in helping her citizensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; health, and her economy. We can no longer feign ignorance or cling to lies. It is time.
I have been working in the graphic arts, illustration, and fine art fields for over 15 years, and still enjoy it. Everytime I start a design or painting project, I do not stop untill all details and final products are completed. I enjoy fine art painting with acrylics on canvas, masonite board, and other surfaces. Creative concepts: Logo design, layout, design, 3D design and more. Print design: Layout, design, and production (CMYK, trapping, overprint). Digital design: Web design, concept, layout, production (RGB, 72dpi, etc.). Software experience with Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Acrobat, Flash, Dreamweaver, WordPress. Portfolio: https://juanlemus.carbonmade.com Paintings: http://juanjlemus.com For more information you can contact me directly at: 210 537-5581
excellence to all he pursues that is impressive and inspirational.
Miles defines his philosophy of life as creating
balance and well-being. Because of the ever-in-
creasing stress of keeping up with modern tech-
nology and a competitive society, Miles believes it is important not to forget who you truly are.
He integrates his creative, physical, mental, and social attributes into his busy daily life. He absolutely has a passion for all that he does, and
whenever he finds himself straying from either
one of those principals that guide his daily life,
Miles takes a step back and remembers the basic principles that define who he is as a person.
Miles was born with an artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart, and as his Miles was born with an artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart, and he nurtured his pursuit of this special talent.
parents nurtured his pursuit of this special talent.
Miles Stovall is often called the renaissance man,
shows and continues to paint and sell his work.
and with good reason. Miles is a multi-talented
and multi-faceted individual who brings a level of
He studied fine art at Illinois State University. As a professional artist, Miles has had numerous art Miles lived in Germany during his high school
years and credits this experience for the opportu-
Miles Stovall is often called the renaissance man, and with good reason. Miles is a multi-talented and multi-faceted individual who brings a level of excellence to all he pursues that is impressive and inspirational. nity to absorb culture in a different light in studying art from a European perspective.
Miles owns and operates Personal Training by Miles & Company, where he transforms, mo-
tivates and encourages others to balance their
quality of life with fitness and nutrition. The once run-down veterinary clinic that he remodeled and
With a long history of athletic endeavors, he
continues to pursue challenges that motivate him during these important adult years. A three time
World Natural Bodybuilding Champion is among many titles he holds, including Mr. Natural Uni-
verse, two time International Champion, and two time American Champion.
transformed into a gym facility is now a beautiful
Miles will never fall short of an overachiever, and
Because balance is important in his life, he makes
he will continue to motivate, inspire and encour-
piece of art in the Medical Center.
sure his health is integrated into daily activity.
with a harmonious symphony of self preservation, age others to find the strength of lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success.
PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE MONTH
ROZA SAMPOLINSKA for travel and people with her dream-like aesthetics, she creates photographs that are filled with magic and romance. Roza captures images with a style that is artistic and unique in every aspect. Her style is unique and easily recognizable. She plays with shadows and light creating mesmerizing photographs that remind of an old Hollywood film-noir. Her works have been published in many magazines and were exhibited in numerous galleries. "Women have always been my favorite subject. I feel blessed being able to capRoza Sampolinska is a San Antonio photograture the beauty that is in each of them - the pher and educator, specializing in portrait and beauty that is more than skin-deep... I have fashion photography. been transforming women all around the world for the past 10 years. There is nothorn with an insatiable curiosity, ing more amazing than watching them see Roza grew up in Poland and was themselves in a different light, see how exposed to many cultures and beautiful and feminine they are. My stucountries from the early age. dio is filled with amazing accessories and wardrobe for any taste and size. I work She lived and created her art in beautiful cities like Krakow, London, Berlin, Tokyo with top of the line makeup artists and together we transform women into glamand Colorado Springs. She currently lives orous stars, creating unforgettable legacy in San Antonio, TX and works between portraits, rather than forgettable cellphone USA, Europe and Asia. She travels the galleries." world with her Between Shadow & Light Film Noir Portrait Lighting workshops, WWW.ROZASAMPOLINSKA.COM sharing her passion for portraits and black and white photography with photographers around the globe. Combining her love
Terry and his wife JoAnne
MEET THE ARTIST TERRY ALLEN JONES AN INTERVIEW BY ADRIANA CISNEROS - SA MONTHLY ART EDITOR
erry Allen Jones has
remember the chickens running
been creating visual
freely through the house while
images for about sixty
we painted. Her name was Ms.
years. Nature has been
Osborne, and I found out years
always his primary inspiration, but
later she was in museums. That
he doesn’t try to recreate a scene:
is where I picked up my lifelong
it is a springboard for his own
habit of painting. I’ve always been
imagination. As he approaches
fascinated with painting perhaps
seven decades on this beautiful
because I couldn’t hear I became
planet he is grateful that his long
more inward focused and used
relationship with art and painting
painting as a means of expressing
remains as vital and passionate as
myself without having to hear. Oil
it ever was.
painting was my first medium and
He currently lives in San Antonio with his wife JoAnne, five dogs and several cats.
1. How was your introduction to the art world? I became almost completely deaf at age 8. My parents knew I liked to draw so they took me twice a week to oil painting lessons taught by an eccentric artist who lived in the country with her chickens and goats. I
I never considered another until being introduced to soft pastels about twenty-five years ago.
2. Do you remember you first painting? What was it and what was the main expression you transmitted through it? The first painting I remember completing was of an old Model T my father had bought and parked in the back yard much to my mother’s displeasure. It had sat there as long as I could remem-
ber, and when I was 11 or so I did a painting of it. It
the work is accomplished fairly quickly, the work
looked lonely to me and I tried to make the painting
seems to paint itself. Other times I keep searching
of it feel that loneliness. It was the first time I realized
and working to refine a painting and I will return to
a painting could express a feeling.
it again and again. I have a few paintings that have work on them spanning several decades. It doesn’t
3. Where does your inspiration to create art comes from?
seem to matter if the work is a large format oil or a small pastel, they are complete when they speak to me. I don’t attempt to recreate nature or tell a story. I
My inspiration may partially come from a need I have
make paintings that come from nature but are reliant
always had to create images that compel me. Na-
on painting strategies and good art practices rather
ture, the earth I live on, has always been the greatest
than the tyranny of a real place.
source of inspiration for me. The beauty and drama of it is always there. Painting feels like an exploration of new country, places that I have never been seen before. I use my feelings and nature as raw materials
7. What artistic styles and artistic movements do you see portrayed in your art?
to get inspiration. But inspiration is only a part of it.
I came of age in the 50s and 60s. Abstract Expres-
Most of it is the hard work of painting. Inspiration is
sionism was still prominent, and it fired my imag-
only the beginning.
ination. Jackson Pollock, Joan Mitchell, and Mark Rothko especially had a big impact on me. The
4. Which of your painting has left the biggest mark within you?
concept of simply expressing oneself by making marks has always had a powerful hold on me. It is from this group of artists, especially as taught by
I don’t think there is any one painting I have done
Hans Hoffman, who taught each new painting should
that has left a singular big mark within me. It may
be a new endeavor, reinventing the wheel with each
have been one of the first small pastels I did. I found
new work, that I discovered the work of Wolf Kahn. I
the dynamic color and nature of soft pastels, which
love impressionism, Turner, Bonnard, perhaps Monet
are pure pigment, let me express myself in a new
most of all. In the late 70s I discovered the work
way. It was a breakthrough for me.
of Wolf Kahn, he is an amazing artist who melds abstraction and landscape into works of art that can take your breath away. He has been my primary
5. If your paintings could talk, what would they
influence ever since.
say about the artist within you? If my paintings could speak they would say “Here is my world. Colors speak in the silence of possibilities.
8. What do you want to transmit with your art?
Light moves freely here, illuminating all. You can rest
I have aspired to create paintings that evoke an
your mind and eyes here”.
emotional tone and response in the viewer using the elements of the landscape and the movement of color to create a gestalt on the paper or canvas or
6. What has been the longest time you have dedi-
whatever surface I am working on. I want my paint-
cated to a painting?
ings to be more than the sum of the elements of a
Every painting or pastel I do is different. Sometimes
landscape. I want the viewer to be able to enter my
paintings and explore them as I explored them while
ago. We will always need art in our lives. It’s as much
painting. My paintings are about nature and my feel-
as how we express ourselves as music is. Art and
ings about nature, but these are just raw material, not
music come from the best parts of our nature and
the purpose of painting.
we need more, especially in today’s brutal world. Art takes us out of our lives into other possibilities.
9. Which artists have influenced your life and which living artists do you like most?
12. Which projects are you currently working on?
My hometown had a well-known china painter
Currently I am working on several pastels and oils
named Jewell Phillips. I took lessons with her twice
where I am paring down the elements of a land-
a week for several years when I was a teenager.
scape into more and more basic forms. Simply sky,
The process of painting and firing on vitreous china
clouds, the land, perhaps an old barn, a line of trees,
taught me so much about color and light. I also was
a dirt tank in the brush country, all the scenes that
able to pay my way through university by selling the
speak to me in the real world. Painting them is not
jewelry I made of the china I painted. I did not know
a linear start to finish process. I work back and forth
any artists, only through books. Most of my friend’s
between them as they progress. Mistakes appear
heroes were sports figures. My heroes were the
and are incorporated or changed as time goes on.
artists I read about. I love the story of how Monet
By the time they are ready to go out the door it has
continued to paint even as he became blinded by
always seemed to me they don’t belong to me, that
cataracts, and how those paintings have become
they are on their own and exist apart from me, the
his most loved works. Wolf Kahn is still painting. He
artist. My intention is to use everything I have learned
has degenerative eye disease and is still producing
and experienced in 70 years and create works of art
wonderful luminous paintings.
that own the walls they are hung on.
10. What have been the biggest difficulties on
13. Your favorite phrase?
your path to becoming a painter?
I have several favorite phrases. Thomas Merton’s “Art
I don’t think there have been any obstacles along my
enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at
path as an artist. I’ve always self identified as an artist
the same time”, Picasso's “Every child is an artist. The
so it’s part of who I am and has always been. I have
problem is how to remain an artist when we grow
had periods of painter’s block, frustration, whatev-
up” and the words of William Faulkner “Don’t bother
er. So, I’ve wasted time. But painting has been the
just to be better than your contemporaries or prede-
longest constant in my life. At 70 I still get that eager
cessors, try to be better than yourself”.
feeling when I pick up a brush or pastel that started the whole process so long ago.
14. If you had not become a painter, what do you think would be your profession?
11. How do you see art in the current world?
I have been a lot of things besides being a painter.
Art has been important to humans as far back as our
My day job for thirty years was perfect. I was an en-
history goes. Ancient cave paintings look as com-
vironmental investigator for the state's environmental
pelling as they did when created thousands of years
agency. I covered 12 counties in my favorite part of
the state. The border and the hill country. Everyone knew me as an artist doing a scientific job. I’ve been a full-time artist for twelve years now. The only difference is I can paint into the wee hours of the morning and not have to wake up and go to work. It’s pretty sweet.
15. What is the most important thing in your life? The most important things in my life are my family. JoAnne and I have been married forty-three years, I think. She is my partner and best friend. I have two children that I love to pieces, Kathryn and Chase. We have three dogs and several cats, and I must include painting, always seeing the world through an artist’s eyes, has been a true blessing I think.
16. If you could go back in time, which scene of your life would you like to live again and why? If I could go back in time I would choose 1974. I was finally living a dream of majoring in studio art. I had a little house in the barrio of San Angelo I rented for 50 dollars a month and I could stay up all night painting. Just like I do now, come to think of it. But I would like to be a strapping 25-year-old again. Its good karma for me to be doing exactly what I always wanted to do. Paint to my heart’s content.
Terry Allen Jones is currently working in a new collection for a solo exhibition on November 2018. firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.artsy.net/art-legacy/artist/terry-allen-jones www.artlegacytx.com
Terry and his daughter Kathryn
Pearl Announces OLÉ, SAN ANTONIO: When San Antonio Meets Spain Pearl presenting a summer of Spain celebration honoring San Antonio’s Tricentennial and its Spanish heritage - June 15 through September 16, 2018 (SAN ANTONIO, TX) – Pearl is excited to announce Olé, San Antonio, a summer-long program celebrating San Antonio's Spanish heritage in commemoration of the city's 300th anniversary. Olé will be held from June 15 through September 16 and will feature events and activities related to three main pillars: gastronomy, music & dance, and arts & architecture. Events will include new programming while also incorporating existing Pearl activities.
curated Spanish items, activations in Pearl Park, and much more. “Our intention with creating Olé was to acknowledge our 300 years of history with Spain and to create a truly monumental celebration that people will cherish and remember for the rest of their lives,” said Elizabeth Fauerso, chief marketing officer for the Pearl. “We want to bring the entire city together, along with our friends from Spain, for a collaboration that can only happen in this special Tricentennial year.”
Acknowledging the shared past and looking toward the future, all events will have as a common thread an intercambio (exchange) and collaboration between the cultures of Spain and San Antonio, creating experiences and memories completely unique to Olé. The entire Pearl neighborhood will come together with restaurants featuring Spanish menus and chef collaboration dinners, retailers featuring specially
To celebrate gastronomy, Pearl will have a total Spanish take-over of the restaurants across the property, hosting Tapas Tuesdays, Gin Tonic Thursdays, Spanish wine selections, and more. Several collaboration dinners are planned that will include Spanish chefs paired with Pearl chefs; selected chefs will be announced at a later date. The Culinary Institute of America in San Antonio (CIA) will host Spanish master classes
for its students and food enthusiasts alike all summer long. The CIA will host several cooking demos in its Latin kitchen space centered on popular Spanish cuisine like tapas, paella, and Spanish wines. “This summer, we will immerse our guests in traditions from San Antonio’s Spanish heritage and celebrate Hotel Emma as a focal point for several gastronomy related activities,” said Beth Smith, director of marketing & public relations for Hotel Emma. Hotel Emma will present several culinary concierge-driven Spanish demos and immersive tastings as well as classes around the six essential Spanish food categories: olive oil, wine, cheese, jamón (ham), salts/ spices, and conservas (tinned fish). The menus at all of the hotel’s culinary prop-
erties (Supper, Larder, and Sternewirth) will incorporate Spanish-influenced items, such as flamenquines, saffrón and Spanish sea salts, jamóns, tapas, sangrias, and gin tonics. Hotel Emma will also host several Spanish dinners at Supper featuring chefs from Spain and regional Spanish chefs. Spanish music and dance will come to life at Pearl with intercambio performances that will span flamenco to jazz to DJs to mariachi. World-renowned flamenco dancer Carlos Rodriguez will present a special performance at Pearl Park; Spanish DJs will collaborate in their performances with South Texan counterparts; and an evening of zarzuela with Casa de España en San Antonio is also confirmed. Additionally, Spanish artist Concha Buika is scheduled to perform at Pearl Park in
August. A Grammy nominated artist and voted one of the world’s “50 Great Voices” by NPR, Buika was born on the island of Majorca to African immigrant parents. Her music draws on a wide range of influences, including flamenco, Latin, jazz, and R&B music.
Andres Marin. Olé will also be collaborating with the San Antonio Museum of Art on its exhibition Spain: 500 Years of Spanish Painting from the Museums of Madrid.
The opening and closing events will include a wide range of programming. On June 21, the official opening day of Olé, Arts and architecture will also be a major several activations will happen, including a focus of the Olé programming. Ana Juan, Dia Mundial de la Tapa (International Day an artist, illustrator, painter, and winner of the Tapa) tasting at Pearl Stable with 10 of the 2010 Spanish National Illustration chefs from 10 different regions of Spain, prize, with more than 20 New Yorker cov- a flamenco performance in Pearl Park by ers to her name, will be creating a limitPure Flamenco Primitivo Family Dance ed edition serigraph honoring the city’s Company from Spain, and a celebration of long history printed by master serigrapher Spanish cuisine and cooking techniques at Manolo Gurillo. Throughout the summer, the Culinary Institute of America campus the Olé Galería (gallery) will feature exhi- at Pearl. bitions of contemporary Spanish graphic artists and works from visiting Spanish Ole’s closing day is scheduled for Sepphotographers Beatrix Mexi Molnar and tember 16 and will include an intercambio
dinner with Spanish chefs working with Pearl chefs, a mariachi-flamenco performance with Spanish guitarist Luis Gallo performing with local San Antonio artists as part of Mariachi Lab, and a Cabezudos (big heads) parade representing key figures in the city’s history. A short film, the product of a collaboration between visiting Spanish and San Antonio-based artists, will premiere the event.
as well as its partners in Spain, including ICEX, TourEspana, Wines of Spain, Foods of Spain, The Office of Arts and Culture, and the Spanish Consulate. A full Olé schedule with confirmed programming dates as well as a full website and mobile app are now available at atpearl.com/ole. ABOUT PEARL: Pearl, located north of downtown San Antonio, provides a unique experience as a top culinary and cultural destination. The Pearl would like to thank all its integral mixed-use space features retail, dining, partners for making Olé possible, includpicturesque green spaces, paseos riverside ing San Antonio Museum of Art, Southamphitheater, and the third campus of The west School of Art, Hotel Emma, Culinary Culinary Institute of America. As a former Institute of America in San Antonio, The brewery operating from 1883 to 2001, University of Texas at San Antonio Guitar Pearl reflects a vivid past while embracing Program, Casa de España en San Antonio, the future with LEED-certified complexes and Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center; artists mixed with historic architecture. Joe Reyes, Aaron Prado, Vanessa del Fierro, Azul Barrientos, and Arte y Passion; The 22-acre Pearl site is home to The
Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio, the year-round Pearl Farmers Market, Hotel Emma and its restaurant Supper. Pearl restaurants include La Gloria by CIA graduate chef Johnny Hernandez; Nao Latin Gastro Bar from The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio; Blue Box Bar; Botika; The Boiler House Texas Grill and Wine Garden; The Granary ‘Cue and Brew; Cured; Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery; Bakery Lorraine; Local Coffee; Jazz, TX; Lick Honest Ice Creams, Green Vegetarian Cuisine, and High Street Wine Co. The Bottling Department, San Antonio’s first food hall, includes restaurants Bud’s Southern Rotisserie, Fletcher’s Hamburgers, Maybelle’s Donuts, Tenko Ramen, and The Good Kind. Pearl is also known for its shops, including The Sporting District, The Twig Book Shop, The Tiny Finch, Adelante Boutique, Ten Thousand Villages, LeeLee Shoes, Dos Carolinas, Leighelena, Niche Boutique, The Synergy Studio, Bike World, and The Vintage Bouquet Bar. Notable office tenants at Pearl include San Antonio Hispanic Chamber, Nature Conservancy, San Antonio Area Foundation, RBC Securities, The CE Group, Inc., WestEast Design Group, KGB Texas, and The San Antonio Business Journal. The Can Plant offers urban contemporary apartments with a place in history. The Cellars are luxury apartments offering hospitality and culinary excellence, extraordinary living spaces, concierge-curated services, and more. Event spaces include the historic Pearl Stable and the more contemporary Pearl Studio. For more information, visit atpearl.com.
zen and the ar t of dance
The inter section of dance, photography & wr iting.
John Rober t Mack Keep breathing. The human body can go about three days without water... It can survive over a month without food... Deprive it of oxygen for more than seven minutes, and someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to need to pick out a headstone. When you get nervous or tense... keep breathing. When you become frustrated or angry with yourself... keep breathing. When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done that step five hundred times and not done it right once... keep breathing... ...and do it again.
My life is a dance. It is an interplay of words, movements and images, a war among what had once seemed the incompatible roles of dancer, philosopher and photographer. Dancers move. Philosophers pontificate. And photographers, well, photographers just capture what everyone else is doing.
Dancing is fun. Learning to dance should be fun, too. No matter how complicated the pattern or difficult the technique, learning should be as much fun as dancing. You may become frustrated or confused or angry or embarrassed or tired and sore, but the process should be enjoyable; ideally, it should be as enjoyable as the end result. If you find yourself arguing more than you are laughing or crying more than you are smiling, it’s time to take a step back: do a cartwheel, eat an ice cream cone, watch the sun set. When you go back to your lesson, the lesson will be there still. It always is.
Whenever we feel insecure, we tense up. If we aren’t certain of what is about to happen our muscles turn rigid. If we are about to try something really, really, difficult every square inch of us becomes hard as stone... which is really too bad. Our muscles operate much more effectively when they are relaxed. Wouldn’t it be nice to have our bodies at their most effective when we’re trying something really hard?
If you are about to try a new step, take a deep breath and relax. Soft limbs will move more nimbly than tense ones. If you are about to try a difficult spin, take a deep breath and relax. It’s easier to keep your balance when your knees aren’t locked. If dancing to really, really fast music, take a deep breath, and relax. It’s easier to move quickly if your muscles are not carved in stone.
Unforgettable I danced with my mother at my brother’s wedding. In my memory, there’s a big band playing Nat “King” Cole. I’m wearing a white tuxedo minus the jacket and my mother is the beautiful, vivacious woman she was at thirty-five. Her hair changes and shifts like those pictures of Jesus where you see him sometimes with a crown of thorns, sometimes with a serene halo. One moment her hair is long and auburn, pulled up in a bun, the next moment, it is short and dark, permed curly and flecked with gray. We laugh and whirl, the room has large white tile, like a cafeteria in the 70’s, the walls are far away and a disco ball paints moving circles of light on everything and everyone. There are people there and tables for dinner, but in my mind’s eye there is an immense space surrounded by blurry images that don’t really matter—that didn’t really matter at the time. I was dancing with my mother, and that was all that was important; it connected me back to all the times in my childhood when I’d danced with my mother. In slashes and splashes I was, for a moment at a time, the same little boy she taught to polka. My mother and I had just become friends again after several years of adolescent (and post-adolescent) angst which ended when we both—for the same reasons, but with independent catalysts—entered counseling. That dance was a celebration of our new-found friendship—a new relationship built between two adults trying to find their way through a maze of addiction and compulsion... together. And so we danced a dance whose steps I no longer remember, but I can only assume it was a variation of the polka. To second and third generation Polack’s like us, everything was a variation of the polka. In my memory, though, we dance a thrilling and dramatic Viennese waltz, spinning and spinning, driving the rest of the universe, for a few splendid min-
But that vision is impossible. I hadn’t yet heard of the Viennese waltz. I hadn’t taught a single dance lesson, yet. And my mother was paper light and frail from years of struggling with ulcers. I have no real idea what she looked like at the time because my only true memories are from a few years later (when she was wasting away due to illness) and from photos I’d taken of her when she still had the bloom of youth. I can’t go back to photos of my brother’s wedding because I have none, and my brother and I have not spoken in years... not since a year after my mother died. And so there is a memory I have of dancing with my mother at my brother’s wedding whose substance is based primarily in fantasy, but whose existence is absolutely rooted in fact. Just before my own wedding—barely one month after my mother’s funeral—I wept when I realized I would not be able to dance with my mother at my own wedding as I had at my brother’s. By then, I’d been teaching for six months, and I would have been able to dance a waltz with her—and Natalie Cole had by then released a song called “Unforgettable” that she sang with her father. The song wasn’t a waltz, really, but it was my mother’s favorite song for a while, and whenever I hear it, she and I dance together again. John Robert Mack has spent a lifetime studying dance, photography and writing. His goal is to tell your story, whether in words, images or dance. Contact him to express yourself in ways you never thought possible. www.JohnRobertMack.com Than Thanks to the following people who made this expression possible: Suhail Arastu, the Carrie Vicana family, Eirick and Eliza Dougherty, Juan Pablo RF, Courtney Johnson, Stephan Gaeth, Wasley De La Rosa, Sarah Cevalos, Richard Harvey Medina, Vicki Mendez, Steven and Starr Mayen, Brittany Lopez, Basilio Romo, Fa Winsborough and Lily.
SAVOR THE ARTS, THE ULTIMATE EVENT FOR FOOD AND ART CONNOISSEURS
By Social Scene Editor: Sherie Lene Johnson. Savor the Arts is a wonderful experience for both the eyes and palate-the combination of incredible artwork Savor the Arts, the ultimate event for food and art connoisseurs, returned to Southwest School of Art for its 17th fabulous year featuring culinary creations by some of San Antonio’s finest chefs and caterers. The gathering benefits the Young Artist Programs at the Southwest School of Art. Energetic art fans and foodies sampled mouthwatering masterpieces while taking a tour of a private preview of the school’s new exhibitions. Throughout the evening, attendees also had the opportunity to view the state-of-the-art studios and meet faculty and students. Creative culinary dishes and specialty libations
were offered by some of San Antonio’s finest chefs. Some of the local restaurants featuring their delicious creations included Neiman Marcus Mariposa, Paloma Blanca, Tim the Girl Catering, 5 Points Local and Bakery Lorraine. Savor the Arts is a wonderful experience for both the eyes and palate- the combination of incredible artwork with equally amazing food made for a vibrant and memorable evening.
GETTING OLDER IS A LOT OF WORK
By Skin Care Editor: Crystal Holmes Sunspots, age spots and broken capillaries can be reversed with a series of IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments. In a recent interview, Mandy Moore, star of TV’s This Is Us, talked about the process it takes for her makeup team to transform her character’s face from that of a young woman to a mature 66-year old woman. Details included painting on sunspots, age spots and broken capillaries. After that, there is an “ager” they place on her skin that feels like dried glue. This makes her skin look stretched out like it has lost elasticity. Then, there are prosthetic pieces added like the neck waddle, jowls, nasolabial folds, eye bags, crows-feet and frown lines. Each time, it’s a 4 ½ hour process. As a beauty editor who also owns a medical spa, this process is extremely fascinating because those facial details are the exact insecurities that often inspire our clients to come in and explore treatment options. Fortunately, we live in a day and age where non-invasive age reversal treatments are commonplace and effective. For example, sunspots, age spots and broken capillaries can be reversed with a series of IPL
(Intense Pulsed Light) treatments. These treatments also assist with collagen production and elastin (skin firmness). Radiofrequency treatments are revolutionary and have been praised for tightening skin, specifically on the lower face and neck to help reverse a neck waddle and jowls. Botox and dermal filler treatments are the gold standard for crows-feet, nasolabial folds and frown lines. We can’t stop aging altogether (do we even really want to?) but with the help of today’s technology and options, we CAN slow down the signs of aging and extend our youth just a little bit longer. And to be honest, age reversal appointments probably take less time than it takes for Mandy to remove all of that “dried glue”. Another win for the beauty industry!
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A Model’s Life Featuring Simba Say
By: Jules Aldaz Guerra There are times in the fashion industry that you come across some truly fabulous and genuine people. There are times in the fashion industry that you come across some truly fabulous and genuine people that you just have to share with everyone! Simba Say aka Josh to me is one of those people! He is a model, entrepreneur and a philanthropist. His choice of style is impeccable and his heart is made of pure gold. Simba Say is AIDS activist and survivor who recently founded an organization called A Million Reasons To Love which is giving back to our community. I recently sat down with him to chat it up about our favorite topic, FASHION! Who has influenced your fashion? Johnny Depp for his unique look that stands out and Eddie Rodriguez for approach of comfortable yet fashionable Describe your personal style: My personal style is
what speaks to me. I’m not afraid to shop for bargains, sales and resale shops. I can make the item work with my style. I love getting dressed up but I also love beach attire. Sandals and a nice pair of shorts with a necklace What Inspired me to try new things when it comes to trends? What inspired me to try new things is when I started to get risky with my style. I would receive compliments on my style and I began to realize that sometimes the trend, is being the trendsetter. Everyone wears clothes, but the way you rock your own style, you start setting trends. Favorite Fashion Trend: Fashion with purpose. I like to choose brands and clothing that have good community values, they give back and are making a difference in the world. Sometimes the fashion choice is a little out there but it’s a statement/conversation piece. I’ll get asked about it and I get to share what’s so great about the brand and why I’m
rocking it. Name one person that has influenced your style: Johnny Depp, need I say more, part of who he is, the way he makes a statement through fashion. He can pull off so many different looks. Favorite Fashion Tip: Always feel comfortable with what you are wearing. If it doesn’t fit right or feel right, don’t wear it. When you’re comfortable with what you are wearing, it allows you to be you and show up with confidence. Favorite Fashion Find: I have to admit, I love shopping at Kohls or Ross. Some of the most popular things I have worn, I have bought off the sale rack at either place. The best fashion find for me though, is an statement piece in the form of
an accessory like headgear, jewelry, scarves and socks. A Million Reasons to Love is a media platform focused on charities and community awareness. We tell their story to raise awareness about their work via the voice of their advocates, staff and partners while fundraising for them at the same time. Currently, we are partnered with The Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas. They are building a new facility in Floresville in response to the tragedy that took place in Sutherland Springs. For more information on A Million Reasons to Love go to www.jules.style or www.stylecravingsbyjules.blogspot.com
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to San Antonio I was in constant wonder of what I'll be doing career wise. Since I was no longer by the ocean, the thought of being involved with it later down the road slowly started dissipating. My family constantly asked me to try modeling, especially my sister but I wasn't sure of myself. One day during football practice my friends that I would never expect this from, told me I should really try modeling, thats when the idea of trying it out started to grow. My parents & I started looking up local agencies until we came across the first agency I was with. I was excited about modeling and what it had for me, that agency was mainly acting while I was longing for runway. After almost a year noticing not a lot was going for me so I put my focus back on sports and put modeling to the side. Male Model Of The Month Gabriel Arenas A few years ago, modeling was never a path I considered taking. I used to be solely into sports and had my eyes on other ideas. Born in San Antonio but raised in Harlingen,Tx. I became extremely fascinated by the Ocean and the life in it that not many realize is essential to sustain balance. Ever since I was 13-14 people would always talk to me about modeling, assuming they were just being kind, I never took it to heart. Once I moved back
Summer of 2016 I had a photoshoot where I met a friend that was signed with Lari Nelson, we talked about it and she invited me try it out. I fortunately came when the agent of Kim Dawson was there, he liked my look and wanted digitals of me. I noticed the difference between my old agency and Lari's very quickly, there was a drastic change in professionalism. Lari told me how I was perfect fit and for only being 16 that made me feel better about being in an industry with a lot of competition. Next few weeks going to runway practice was great! Thanks to Lari
I learned so much about modeling that I honestly think no other agency in this area provides. She talked to me about Expo but still being in school, I wanted to wait. Being in local fashion shows were very helpful and informative. Fall of 2017 was coming around and Lari asked me if I was interested in going to Expo this time, she told me how I would do great over there. At first I was hesitant but told myself you never know if you'll have this chance again, so I ended up going during fall with no expectations. Fall Expo 2017 was a Big highlight of modeling for me. I came there thinking I could possibly get noticed by a couple scouts but ended up doing better than that. I originally had 14 callbacks but left with 20 and won Male model of the year which was a big blessing. I had a lot of time to think about where modeling would take me and what agency to sign with. I signed with Kim Dawson which I am so thankful for, ever since I first met Dan from Kim Dawson I couldn't stop thinking of how great it would be to sign with them!
This past summer was coming around and everyone was getting ready for Expo but I wasn't going this time, but Mike Beauty & Daniel Jackson invited me to be in the fashion show case for the Anniversary. I was so thankful and took the opportunity. Even though I wasn't competing this time but , surprisingly still got call backs. Going to this past Expo made me realize a lot and now I'm ready to take modeling to the next level. By this time next year I see myself signing with large market agencies .I want to thank Lari and Mr. Beaty for this huge stepping stone that I mark as the true beginning of my career. I also want to thank my parents for the immense support and help, I push to make them proud. Eventually I want to go to school for Biological Oceanography, my chance has returned and I refuse to let the comes & goes of life hinder me. Everything that's happened to me I see as lessons, pushing me to become the best I possibly can, I will continue to grow as a Professional in the Industry .
They called almost instantly. I never returned the call and I didn’t go to the call-back. I was simply too afraid. Afraid of being in front of people. Afraid of being scrutinized by strangers. Afraid of falling short of their expectations as to what a model should be. I was afraid to let others see me.
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In the Fall of 2013, a life-altering event happened which deeply impacted my mindset. My mother, who has always been at my side, loving and supporting me no matter what, was diagnosed in the late stages of esophageal cancer. She and I had had casual conversations about modeling in the past but that was it. During the months following her diagnosis, the conversations became more serious. I watched my Mom fight for her life, never showing the fear she held inside, and I realized there are battles far more terrifying than being in front of strangers. When I told her I wanted to pursue modeling, she embraced the idea wholeheartedly and began sending me pictures of the car she wanted me to buy her when I made it big.
The Past Doesnʼt Determine Your Future I grew up as an athlete and modeling had never entered my mind. When meeting people,I was often told, “You should be a model...you’re so tall!” I never actually gave thosecomments a second thought. After all, “model” and “athlete” weren’t remotely related.
I reached out to my best friend, Justin, who had been acting and modeling with the Lari Nelson Fashion Group and he introduced me to Lari. Being on the runway was one of the most difficult of experiences. My insecurities ran rampant. The snide, snarky comments of other models extinguished the fire and I ran.
During college, though, the idea of modeling began to gel. I went so far as to submit photos to a local agency.
The year progressed. My Mom completed chemotherapy, radiation and a pretty insane surgery and I decided that
modeling wasnt my destiny. After all, my Moms fight was done, why should I continue to fight? About 2 years later, in 2016, with modeling tucked neatly away in my past, I was teaching a lesson on “Media” to my eighth grade students. We were in the middle of a discussion about what the media seems “attractive” when I noticed several of my female students close to tears... the article made them feel “less beautiful”. As a teacher, I have often used my own story to teach Life Lessons not found in any textbook. I shred my traumatic childhood experiences with students - many of whom experienced or were experiencing the same trauma. My message has been “life went always end up badly”. I knew at this moment, though, my words weren’t enough. I had to DO something more for these girls. I returned to Lari Nelson, determined to change the mindset of our society. Six months later, in June 2017, I competed for the first time in the Model and Talent Expo in Dallas. Although I wasnt signed, I gained something far more valuable, something I never thought I could achieve...self-confidence. My passion for modeling was reignited and no one and no thing would be able to extinguish this inferno. My passion translated in to numerous shows and shoots. I returned to Dallas in November 2017 for Expo and was honored to walk for designer Roger Canamar. My relationship with Roger blossomed, and I was blessed to walk for him in his fashion debut in Paris, France in April 2018. Following Paris, I was contacted by Maverick and Renegade Management out of Nashville, Tennessee. After consulting with Lari, I accepted their offer and am now preparing to travel with them to New York in August (my mom sent more car pictures). This has been one heck of a rollercoaster ride. My goal is to use my success as a platform to inspire those who were like me...those who had trauma...those who hold on to insecurities...those who feel lost. Our past does not have to define who we are or who we can be tomorrow. Oh, and to buy Mom that car!
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CULINARY TRAVEL EXPERIENCES
The 2016 Food Travel Monitor, the world’s largest food and beverage tourism research project, found that 95% of American travelers want a unique food experience when they travel. It cracks me up when I hear about “Culinary” travels because isn’t that what travel has always been about---dining on exquisite food different than what you experience when you are home! But I get it: instead of incredible food and drink being a wonderful consequence of travel, it is now the guiding force that drives where and how many of my clients travel. If you fall in that demographic, have I got some ideas for you: culinary themed shore excursions planned by Food & Wine with hands-on cooking classes, culinary walking tours and winery visits,
at spots off the beaten path. New ocean ships offer as many as 29 different food and beverage venues onboard—including some that have a 3D experience. Stand back, Instagram! That same cruise line offers a unique seven-night “Moveable Feast,” featuring appearances by star-studded celebrity chefs. River cruises have been offering culinary-centric cruising for decades, such as Uniworld’s itineraries that include Valrhona chocolate tastings and wine pairings; a cooking demonstration and tea party at the Institute Paul Bocuse; cognac tasting at the Rémy Martin Estate; or a truffle hunt at a French truffle farm. Food isn’t the only focus; many cruises now offer exploratory beer- and wine-focused routes. There are endless possibilities!
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When asked why he wears bow ties, Charles Stallcup replies “they represent class and a sense of confidence hailing back to the James Bond era. When asked why he wears bow ties, Charles Stallcup replies “they represent class and a sense of confidence hailing back to the James Bond era. I started wearing bow ties five years ago, mostly for special occasions, but now on a regular basis to make a bold and lasting impression everywhere I go. A bow tie, pocket square and Stacy Adams shoes create my brand and style.” How true: Charles personifies class, both in his personal and business life.
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He started his hospitality career in 1987 as a doorman at the St. Anthony Hotel while earning his BBA in Marketing from Our Lady of the Lake University. Since joining Phoenix Hospitality Group in 1994, Charles has held various positions in management, operations, development, sales and marketing. He currently serves as Executive Vice President, managing all sales, marketing, revenue management and public relations of its current properties: The Bevy Hotel Boerne, a DoubleTree by Hilton®” (full-service hotel/ conference center to open spring of 2019); DoubleTree by
they live in Southtown, raising their three children.
and Conference Center-Live Oak, Hotel Indigo Riverwalk
San Antonio; the new Embassy Suites by Hilton San Antonio Brooks Hotel& Spa; and DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel McAllen—plus projects in pre-development.
A native San Antonian, Charles met his wife Paula while
both attended Southside High School. Married for 28 years, He serves on several community boards including Hot Wells Conservancy and the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, and his family are active members of Travis Park United Methodist Church. His guiding principles: “My father taught me to praise God in all things—good
and bad—and follow the Golden Rule: treat others like
you want to be treated.” Those who know Charles know he does that so well.
Gerardo “J.J.” Ramirez Jr., Senior Partner, for the San Antonio General Office of New York Life Insurance Company
5 tips for finding your second career. Contrary to popular belief, life does have second acts. And if you’re nearing retirement and want—or need—to continue working, there’s some good news: You can leverage the knowledge and experience of your first career into a new one that can generate the income you need, and be personally fulfilling at the same time. Here are five tips to help you find and prepare for the right second career. 1. Start thinking about your second career now. No matter when you plan to retire from your current job, it’s never too early to start thinking about your life “2.0.” In fact, the longer time frame you have to plan, the better. If you’re serious about a specific area, take a class, volunteer, or offer to help out for free to get exposure to that business or industry.
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2. Take stock of your goals and objectives. Take some time to step back from the rat race and really think about what you want to do in the future. What is important to you? What are you naturally gifted at? Do you want to work for yourself? Do you want to make a positive difference with your work? Your second career should be strongly connected to your inner desires and goals. Even if you don’t have the experience in that area yet, don’t despair. As the saying goes, if you want something badly enough, you’ll make it happen.
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3. Start cleaning up the clutter. When it comes time to segue to a second career, it will be a lot easier if your life is in order. Start paying down debt, and make sure your credit score is strong. Consider small lifestyle changes that will reduce stress and increase peace and organization in your life.
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4. Get and stay healthy. It’s true: When you are physically fit, you have more energy and are mentally sharper to face the challenges ahead. Starting a second career will take an incredible amount of energy, both mental and physical. Start getting in shape now for your future career.
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5. Get out there and network. The best way to find your second career—the one that’s right for you—is to start networking, meeting people, asking questions, and getting exposure to the fields that interest you. If floral design is your thing, offer to volunteer on Saturdays at a flower shop to learn the trade. Take advantage of social networking pages that focus on your fields of choice. Read books on it. Take one small action every day toward your goal. Consider a career as a life insurance agent. As you stand poised to experience new opportunities, consider this: Why not choose a second career that will positively impact not only you, but those in your community as well? A career as a life insurance agent can offer many benefits, including the potential to make a significant income, the chance to work for yourself on your own schedule, and the opportunity to learn and grow from other experienced and successful professionals. In addition to the financial rewards you may receive, as a life insurance agent you can take pride in the fact that you are making a difference in the lives of others by helping your clients build a more secure future for their families, while helping them protect what matters most— the ones they love. That can impact families in your community for generations to come. And you don’t need previous sales experience or a college degree—just the commitment and desire to succeed. This educational third-party article is being provided as a courtesy by (RECRUITER NAME, TITLE and GO). For additional information on the information or topic(s) discussed, please contact New York Life Insurance Company Recruiter, (RECRUITER NAME) at (CONTACT INFORMATION). New York Life Insurance Company, New York, NY EOE M/F/D/V/SO
Carlos M. Agent of the Month Carlos M. Garcia began his career as a Life insurance Agent with New York Life Insurance Company after working in the oilfield for over a decade. During his time in the oilfield, Carlos held numerous positions such as Truck Driver, Safety Officer, Terminal Lead and even started his own company. After being recruited for almost a year, Carlos decided that it was time to trade in his hardhat for a briefcase. Carlos Joined one of the Top 3 teams in the nation for New York Life, and quickly began making an impact in his clients lives. Carlos loves spending quality time with his wife, Veronica, and two children, Gabriela and Damian. During the summer months, when Damian and Gabriela aren’t working on their basketball and volleyball skills, you’ll find Carlos and his family at any of the theme parks in San Antonio or soaking up the sun at the Texas coast. The Garcia’s love to visit the coast every summer to go swimming, fishing, or just visit the vendor shops. Since being mentored by one of the top partners in the country, Carlos understands the importance of educating his clients on proper financial planning. Carlos began his career with a bang by being awarded case rate leader and qualifying for the elite 10-10-10 Club in his first month. Since then, Carlos has earned his seat in the prestigious CDC training and has graduated from Fast Track training in his first 6 months!! This month Carlos is focusing on helping educate families in his community on the importance of life insurance and financial planning. Carlos’ goal is to become a Senior Partner and build a strong team of Agents that will bring peace of mind to their clients by helping them reach their financial and retirement goals. With Carlos’ devotion to his practice, his goals will certainly come to fruition. New York Life Insurance Company Carlos M.Agent NEW YORK LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY 8000 IH West, Suite 800, San Antonio, TX 78230 910 Gruene Road, New Braunfels, TX 78130 email@example.com Cell: 830-312-0155
Gary D. Lux, Jr. MBA Agent of the Month for the San Antonio General Office of New York Life Company Gary D. Lux, Jr. MBA is an Agent with New York Life Insurance Company and a Registered Representative for NYLIFE Securities LLC. Gary received the award in recognition of outstanding sales achievement and exemplary client service and professionalism. He also is a two time Executive Council* Member 28 years. As financial services professional, Gary implements strategies to help diversify and grow financial assets, distribute retirement income in a tax efficient manner, and plan for legacy considerations all the while protecting his client’s loved ones from unplanned financial adversity. At the age of 43 he endured and overcame his own unexpected health crisis, thus beginning his new vow in life to serve as many of those he meets and anyone he’s ever known, loved, and cared for. His clients include individuals, families, business owners, and businesses who are looking to protect and grow their financial assets they’ve worked hard to put in place to better their wellbeing. Gary is the proud father of his 15 year old daughter, whom he dedicates his determination and work ethic to. As a current community volunteer, he has previously served on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity, been a professional volunteer in a local Junior Achievement program, and also served as a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program coordinator. He is an avid outdoorsman who places his faith in the Lord before all else and proudly supports his country and all first-responders. Agent New York Life Insurance Company Gary D. Lux, Jr. MBA Registered Representative for NYLIFE Securities LLC (Member FINRA/SIPC), a Licensed Insurance Agency New York Life Insurance Company San Antonio General Office 8000 W Interstate 10 Ste. 800 San Antonio, TX 78230 210-602-1651 Cell 210-342-0235 Fax *Members of council are agents annually recognized by New York Life for their highachieving levels of sales performance and professional excellence through dedication to their clients and engagement in their communities.
Margie Arnold’s Over 21 years in the Air Force and her more than 18 years of volunteering for the San Antonio Conservation Society and NIOSA have served her well as she again takes on the more-than-full-time volunteer position as chairman of “A Night In Old San Antonio®” which will occur April 23-26, 2019. As chairman, she oversees an “army” of 10,000 volunteers that in turn entertain 85,000 NIOSA guests. Already hard at work on 2019 NIOSA, her calendar rivals that of any CEO; a typical day consists of meeting or calls about details ranging from foods, coupons, appliances, ice, fire extinguishers and signs to souvenirs—just to name a few. When asked about the highlights of her first year, she instantly replied: “I am deeply grateful to our volunteers, led by my four selfless vice chairmen and NIOSA Treasurer. I am incredibly thankful it was completed so successfully and safely---successfully in that we had multiple nights of record attendance and revenue,
even with the thunderstorms on Wednesday. Safely in that we had no incidents and the new bag screening procedure was universally accepted. Those new procedures will now be SOP for all future NIOSAs.” Other kudos from 2018? The 2018 NIOSA medal was named best Fiesta medal for a nonprofit by the SA Express-News. NIOSA was voted number one Fiesta event by readers of mysa.com. It won Gold Awards for Best Pin and Best T-Shirt design from the Texas Festivals and Events Association. Margie adds: “NIOSA started 70 years ago with five Conservation Society members making money to save our city’s historic heritage. Some things have changed, but so many things are the same: NIOSA still raises funds for the historic preservation efforts of the Conservation Society; it is presented by volunteers; nearly all foods are made by volunteers; decorations, signs and cascarones are still hand-decorated by volunteers…..and therein lies the magic of A Night In Old San Antonio!”
Rachel Perez With over a decade of experience in the beauty and fashion industry, San Antonio native and master stylist, Rach Elle has established herself deep in the heart of Texas. She specializes in color correction, free form/ precision cutting, make-up application, and modeling. She has taken part in hair, runway and fashion shows in front of the camera and behind the scenes, and also creative directing. Rach Elle has done hair and make-up for numerous photo shoots and travels to places like Las Vegas and California for instructional seminars, focusing on the latest style and fashion innovations. Her salon provides patrons an escape from the Mundane and her services exhibit the true process of physical and mental transformation. September marks the one-year anniversary of the
opening of her latest business venture. Rach Elle Color Salon and Beauty Lounge is located right off the historic/scenic River Walk. Her landmark salon rests peacefully at the intersection of King William District and South town and is an oasis in the middle of a constantly evolving city. This Texas made renaissance woman takes pride in making everyone she meets feel beautiful, just the way she sees them.
Sarah Stone Merchant Tailor/Proprietor The Perfect Shirt firstname.lastname@example.org Sarah is a San Antonio native who is known for excelling across industries, including the non-profit and direct sales sectors. Sarah has a skill of networking and relationship-building unmatched by her peers, which led her to meet Robert Bucheit in 2016, a “Texas Transplant” known for bespoke menswear success in the Midwest. Bucheit founded The Perfect Shirt in 2016 and
Sarah immediately joined the team as the first Brand Partner. The Perfect Shirt is a bespoke menswear company that is making custom clothing the norm. The line includes everyday shirting options such as button downs and workwear, weekend and travel linen, as well as black tie shirting options. Sarah culled her business and was able to leave her 8-5 grind to dedicate her time to The Perfect Shirt fulltime in November 2017. Sarah continued to bring sizeable business to the company and seized the opportunity to purchase The Perfect Shirt in 2018 and has never looked back. The growth of menswear is exponential nationwide, including in San Antonio. Clients range from the everyday gentleman to business leaders to music influencers. The future for The Perfect Shirt is endless; expanding offerings and finishings are the forefront of the company vision. Sarah holds a Master’s Degree from Texas State University and in her free time she enjoys competing in Crossfit competitions and reading at The Twig Book Shop. Her mantra is , Wherever you Shop, Shop Local. Follow Sarah’s journey at @sarahmargaret86 and @perfectshirtusa
to improve our QUALITY of life. I am on mission to change that. There are many ways that we can optimize our patient’s health throughout their lives. There are ways to maintain their cognitive health, decrease their risks of cardiovascular disease, preserve their musculoskeletal health, and to maintain vitality throughout our lives. Dr. Askew is excited to be able to share this knowledge with her patients.
Dr. Wendy Askew, MD is a Gynecologist & a Functional and Regenerative Medicine physician in full-time private practice at Dr. Rogers Centers in San Antonio. Through her 20 plus year career in medicine, she has served in the USAF, participated in medical missions, taught in academic medicine programs, and built a thriving, incredibly busy, private practice. She has recently made a professional transition, out of obstetrics, and now finds herself able to focus on hormonal health for men and women; gynecology; and the incredibly rewarding field of Regenerative medicine. This field employs a variety of tools to boost the body’s natural ability to heal itself, and whenever possible to replace and regenerate cells and often, to restore normal function. It’s an exciting time to be a physician! We are living longer, with life expectancy in the USA being nearly 80 years; yet medicine has failed
She is an expert in all aspects of women’s health; hormonal health for men and women; sexual health; and in regenerative medicine. Offering patients autologous stem cell therapy, (which means using their own stem cells) for a variety of conditions under IRB-approved research protocols. When she’s not working she enjoys spending time with her two amazing daughters, Hannah and Sophie and her husband, Sam Sitterle, and their three rescue pets. She loves traveling, exercising, reading, meditation, meeting new people, and personal & professional growth.
“Gender-parity”: Texas & Its Patriarchy Politics By: Desiree H. Serna, MPA U.S. SENATE Neither senator from Texas is a woman. U.S. HOUSE Three of the state's 36 representatives are women. GOVERNOR Texas is currently not led by a woman. LEGISLATURE Twenty percent of seats are held by women. The historical patriarchal politics in Texas are evident in the numbers of women holding public office [or should we say the lack there of]. Most evident is the high office of Texas Governor which has largely excluded women with only two women holding office out of the 48 Texas Governors. Although officially she was the second woman to hold Texas's top office, Ann Richards is considered the first woman elected governor of Texas in her own right. Twice-elected Miriam "Ma" Ferguson is often discounted as having been a proxy for impeached governor James E. "Pa" Ferguson,
her husband. Texas history tells us we have an extreme disparity in a contemporary world where many believe the gender gap is just an illusion. The Texas-sized “gender-parity” is evident in our political stats. For every woman in political office in Texas, there are five men. In addition, of the state's 36 congressional representatives, only three are women. But there seems to be a so called “pink wave” in this year’s 2018 Texas elections. In the 2018 Texas primaries, more than 50 women were running for Congressional seats. That is in addition to the 110 Texan women seeking local office this election season, which is also a record for a conservative state that has traditionally swayed toward male representatives. Here’s hoping the “pink wave” will close this Texas-sized gap in local political representation. San Antonio Women in Public Office: Ivy Taylor served as the mayor of San Antonio, Texas from 2014 through 2017. She was also only the second woman in the position and first African
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American to be elected mayor of San Antonio. In addition, Taylor was the first female African American mayor of a city with a population of more than one million. Three of the 10 San Antonio City Council Districts are held by women. REBECCA J. VIAGRAN (District 3). Councilwoman Viagran is proud to be from a family
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whose history extends over 200 years in San Antonio and South Texas, and has a long legacy of service to the community she currently serves. Leadership development and issues concerning women and children have always been important to Councilwoman Viagran. She was appointed to the Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women. SHIRLEY GONZALES (District 5). Born and
School in 1993, Ms. Sandoval went on to obtain a B.S. from MIT in Chemical Engineering, M.S. at Stanford University in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. As a Fulbright Scholar in 1997-1998, she also obtained a Diplomado in Binational Business from the ITAM in Mexico City.
raised in San Antonio, Texas, is the daughter of Mexican immigrants, who started their own business in the heart of the West Side. Ana Sandoval (District 7). Ana Sandoval is a product of San Antonioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s District 7. After graduating as Valedictorian of Thomas Jefferson High
Women in Local Office Across U.S. A report from the Center for American Women and Politics reports that as of December 2017, among the 100 largest cities in the U.S., 22 had women mayors. As of September 2017 [per the U.S. Conference of Mayors] of the 284 mayors of the U.S. cities with populations 100,000 and over, 58, or 20.4%, were women. Of the 1,362 mayors of U.S. cities with populations 30,000 and above, 286, or 21.0%, were women.
Nerissa has over 20 years of entrepreneurship with a passion to know her clients dreams of a harmonious and successful life and help them achieve it. Her motto is Ask. Believe. Receive! She consults in areas of Residential, Business and personal Investment properties and has a special place in her heart for the Historical and Art districts. Nerissa stays current to the Real Estate market news and trends through extended education as well as personally hosting Buyers seminars & Realtor classes. Nerissa is a member of many reputable groups such as SABORĂ&#x2020;, Office of Historic Preservation and she is one of the founding members of Women of Worth, SA.
By: Nerissa Ruiz, REALTOR, Personal & Business Consultant Some identify homeownership with the American dream; others see it as an investment and a contributor to their net worth. Any way you look at it, the idea of owning a piece of real estate is a global goal. Homebuyers and buying practices have changed over the years and Millennials are the largest generation that will soon be entering the market. With Realtor organizations like NAR, The National Association of Realtors, staying in front of technology trends and innovation for our audience; I would say Realtors like myself are gearing up to meet on stage. The idea of selling your home is much more of a science, a project, yet can be a very emotional process for the home owner. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crucial to identify your Realtor as your guide,
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Autumn Leigh Chaulklin on Building a Legacy
Autumn Chaulklin, CAM Community Manager Dalian 151 | 10018 Ingram Road San Antonio, TX 78245 210.670.0151 Dalian151mgr@greystar.com | greystar.com Autumn sits in her office, staring out the window, elbow on her desk, hand propping up her chin. You can tell by her eyes that she is in deep thought… and all she was asked was to talk about herself. “What do I say? Hello, my name is Autumn and I’m a Property Manager? It’s so much more than that…” Autumn has deep passion for the multi-family housing industry. Her 19-year career began as a leasing consultant in Dallas, then Autumn quickly worked her way up the industry ladder. Moving to San
Antonio at the end of 2000, this career has sustained her as a single mother of three children. She began working for Greystar Real Estate Partners in December of 2016. “I love Greystar. I love everything Greystar stands for. We have Core Values that we align ourselves with, in every business situation. It feels good to operate with integrity and with full support of company leadership. It is empowering.” Currently, San Antonio has around 180,000 apartment units, and just under 10,000 being developed as of July 2018. The city is growing at a rapid pace,
Autumn was asked what advice she would give women in business today. Without hesitation, she answered, “You can build a legacy in any field. with certain pockets being recognized as the fastest-growing areas in Texas.
made that will change the course of people’s lives. We contribute to that.”
“When we broke ground at Dalian 151 in March of 2017, I told the management team and construction team that we were building a legacy. 360 apartment homes… 600 residents year after year… Nothing was insignificant in this project. From the workers moving dirt, to the framers, to the project manager that oversees the final details, we contribute to legacy, and we are changing the face of San Antonio. So often, people feel insignificant in their jobs. You have to step back and look at the big picture. When this project is complete, and Dalian 151 is full of residents, this address will be forever remembered. In 40 years, families will drive by. Grandfathers will point out this community and say ‘I met your Grandmother there… we fell in love at the pool.’ Life decisions will be made… Connections will be
Autumn was asked what advice she would give women in business today. Without hesitation, she answered, “You can build a legacy in any field. Legacy is built through connections. Women connect with others daily. We connect by listening. Be curious. Don’t assume. Ask more questions. Make others feel valued and important. Be kind, but have boundaries. Good business is all about relationships. Align yourself with others that value integrity. Don’t shy away from criticism, but reflect and grow.” She laughed. “I could go on and on! Invest in yourself so you can invest in others. Bottom line, we all have it in us. We must dig deep and unearth our own potential. No matter the challenge, always remember that legacy begins with you.”
This is a bold departure from typical with an attitude for the extraordinary. Every function, every detail is calculated for an outstanding residential experience. These numbers add up to amazing interiors with stunning layouts and impressive touches. Polished granite counters, custom grain cabinets and stainless steel appliances are just the beginning. Residents also enjoy an all-inclusive pass to everything Dalian 151.
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Indoor and Outdoor Fitness Center / Outdoor Yoga Area / Dual-Level Pool with Beach-Front Entry / In-Water Tanning Ledges / Exclusive Cabana Entertainment Center with Grilling Stations / Social Fire Pit / Lawn Game Area with Bocce Ball, Horseshoes and Washers / Resident Gathering Center with Wi-Fi / Espresso and Coffee Bar / Dog Park with Grooming Station / Available Detached Garages / Rentable Storage Spaces / Extensive Park-Like Landscapes
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Contemporary Interiors with Dynamic Layouts in One, Two or Three Bedroom Options / Granite Counters Throughout Kitchens and Bathrooms / Custom Grain Cabinetry with Adjustable Shelving / Stainless Steel Appliances / Kitchen Islands or Passover Bars / Stylish Laminate Wood Flooring / Ceramic Tiles in Baths / Garden Tubs and Walk-In Showers / Expansive Walk-In Closets Available / Washer and Dryer Included in Every Unit / Patio or Balcony Decks
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Health in College: Wellness IS Beyond the Physical
By: Christiana Ellard I’d like to begin this piece by saying that this is my personal experience. I am passionate about the topic of mental health and debunking the idea that health is solely physical because, I have lived it. Health IS beyond the physical and, in my experience, the culmination of that belief proves itself within the college environment. The memory of this moment in time is as clear as watching the scene unfold once again through a glass wall, a wall that is impenetrable. My inner self reaching and calling for help though never uttering a word. The feeling is like
being trapped in your own head. One December night marks the beginning of a journey I never expected to be on today. The stresses of being a junior in college begins to catch up with me. I experience life and energy my freshman and sophomore year slowly yet, those memories slowly began to drain. The once happy go lucky kid begins to turn inside out by a dark cloud of constant sadness. I feel different but, fall silent because I don’t know who to turn to, the resources weren’t there. I begin spending days, even weeks withdrawn from the things and people I love. This is not the Christiana I know. One thing after the next and I find myself internalizing a lot of it. At this point, I know I need help but, I choose to shake it off and push through this “phase” I thought I was experiencing. That’s what I’m used to hearing, that I would just “get through it,” that it’s, “nothing to be concerned about,” “there is nothing wrong with me.” One December night, it all becomes too much. I walk into my off campus apartment numb. I don’t feel any emotions, I don’t want to see anyone, I don’t want to be alive. I walk into my bedroom, sit on the floor and cry for at least an hour. My room mate isn’t there and neither are my suite mates so I know if I want to get away with something, I can, right then and there. The culmination of school stress, social strife, and
the pressure to be the best creates one moment which could have altered the course of my life forever. Luckily, my suitmate comes back to the apartment, just in time to find me on the floor of my bedroom hysterical with elaborate written out plans of how I would end my life. My suitmate saved my life as snow delicately falls outside our windows. Long story short, I thank God that I’m still here. Experiences like this will never leave my mind, perhaps because it is happening more frequently around me. Compared to years ago, I know that I am seeing more people I care about experience suicidal ideation, attempts, and mental illness. Mental illness is a physiological daily battle, as is any other physical ailment, and should be treated as such. As a young person, stigmas toward these things leave scars on the heart.
Previous arguments have made claims that students drop out of college and are not successful within the college environment because they are simply, “not ready.” Delving deeper into this statement, prior definitions of “not ready,” I find speak strictly to academic readiness (Conley, 2007). Thankfully, research is beginning to shift toward factors not related to cognitive capabilities (Nagaoka et.al, 2013) While academia is the crux of university life, research regarding the mental health and well being of college students has not given much weight to other aspects of the college environment as a potential constituent to student dropout rates. Being “unprepared” has much deeper roots than being academically ready, just as each individual student is much more than just a statistic. Being prepared for college encompasses readiness
academically, socially, (and here is where I would say physically but, health includes much more than the physical body). In fact, current research is now supporting the idea that mental and physical health go hand in hand (PREVENTION MAG ARTICLE). In other words, mental health effects physical heath and physical health affects mental health. My story is meant to inspire young people to ask questions. This experience is now written upon my life, but it is not who I am. It does not define me, it molds me, it does not hurt me, it empowers me, and it does not create boundaries, rather, it begins conversations. I am Christiana, I am fearless, and I question everything. References Conley, David. “Redefining College Readiness.” ERIC: Institute of Educational Sciences, March 2007, 1-36. Accessed July 8, 2018.
Google Scholar. Nagaoka, Jenny, Camille Farrington, Melissa Roderick, Elaine Allensworth, Tasha Seneca Keyes, David Johnson, and Nicole Beechum. “Readiness for College: The Role of Noncognitive Factors and Context.” ERIC: Institute of Education Sciences, 2013, 1-8. Accessed July 8, 2018. Google Scholar. Mental Health Foundation. “Physical Health and Mental Health.” Physical Health and Mental Health. November 20, 2017. Accessed July 08, 2018. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/atoz/p/physical-health-and-mental-health.
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