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hough years pass quickly and life goes fast, special moments seem to freeze in time, music holding those forever moments. As we constantly look ahead to our future, we can’t help but be reminded of both the good and the sad of the past—music takes us to those places. A song can take us to a particular place or time, lyrics can read our minds and speak to our

present lives, putting our unspoken thoughts in a place that makes sense, a place that breathes our secrets. Songs can also make us push rewind to the “remember-when” moments, reminding us of an emotion or a time that we’ll never let go of. Music simply speaks to our hearts. There is some sort of cleansing that happens when we begin humming or singing along to a song. We sing along to the words that resonate, words that are therapeutic and medicine for the soul, if only for a moment. Music possesses us. There is a little bit of artist in all of us. We are often caught at a stop light singing our hearts out while the older couple parked next to us watches. Music teaches us that we should all live a little like the next young artist waiting to be found because singer-songwriters, musicians and artists, seem to live life like it has no limits, no boxes. We may take for granted those artists who write the hits our feet tap to, the artists who make us close our eyes with imagination, who make the hits look easy (they are far from it). We believe their life stories are a rite of passage when we read about the struggles before they “made it,”—playing in honky tonks, sleeping in shady motels, waiting tables at the hole-in-the-walls, and playing gigs that merely pay for dinner, hoping that in the crowd there is a secret music agent waiting to discover them. We bring you those artists in this month’s music issue. These artists are the rising stars. The exciting thing about these artists is that they are our people, our artists—talent that calls El Paso/Las Cruces/ Juárez home. Enjoy this month’s music issue and get to know your local talent. Put a tip in their tip jar, clap to their music and support their dreams. Without these musicians, life would be ordinary.





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Book Club | By: KRYSTA AYERS | | Photography By: AUSTIN NORTH | 1. UNRAVELING OLIVER By Liz Nugent

As her debut novel, Liz

2. FROM CRADLE TO STAGE By Virginia Hanlon Grohl



Nugent has composed

Dave Grohl’s (Foo

The life of Marita Lorenz

A continuation of “The

a work of mystery and

Fighters, Nirvana) mother

is fascinating. From

Girl with the Dragon

psychological suspense.

takes a look back on their

being incarcerated as a

Tattoo” series, David

Oliver Ryan and his wife

musical family and how

child by Nazis, to falling

Lagercrantz brings

Alice live a comfortable,

David became a rock

in love with Fidel Castro

readers back into the

happy life as writers

star. Her curiosity on how

and then becoming a

world of the brilliant

and illustrators of

other mothers took to

police informant. Her

hacker, Lisbeth Salander.

children’s books. Then,

their children becoming

autobiography gives great

Tackling some of the

Alice is left in a coma,

rock stars fueled Virginia

detail about her life as a

world’s most deceptive

struggling for her life,

Hanlon Grohl to write this

young woman asked to

problems, we’re taken,

after Oliver knocks her

book. Full of insight and

become a spy for the CIA

once again, through a

down uncharacteristically.

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against her lover.

whirlwind of adventure

You’ll be turning pages

this one is for every

as Lisbeth searches for

earnestly to unravel the

music-lover out there

justice in a cruel world.


who wants to know more about the artists’ lives.



New York saw a decline in the music industry post-9/11. Bands began to emerge from Seattle, Austin and London, pushing New York to hindsight. This book charts the emerging bands from the first decade of the 2000s— The Strokes, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend—and the cultural atmosphere that changed it.

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hile local musician, Frank Ray, thoroughly enjoyed being a Las Cruces Police Officer, he always knew that his career was never going to fulfill his dream of being a country music star.

“The music industry really started to take off,” Frank said. “I decided it was time to roll the dice and give it my all.” After talking it over with his fiancée, Emily, they did some number crunching and determined what they would need to do to survive if he wanted to become a full-time musician—and the rest is history in the making. “I had an incredible amount of support from the police department, which I truly appreciate, and things have just been great so far,” Frank added. Although his love of singing and passion for music has roots that run deep into his childhood, Frank decided to pursue a career in law enforcement after college, becoming an 21

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officer for the Las Cruces Police Department.

started to establish myself and began a band

take off and get serious from then on. After

As a kid, Frank’s mother always encouraged

in Las Cruces which started to achieve a lot of

wearing the badge for ten years, in addition to

his love for singing and he was constantly

notoriety. We had the privilege of opening for a

following a thriving life as a musician, balancing

involved in every choir opportunity he could let

number of acts including Craig Campbell, Keith

two careers became extremely difficult. Frank

his voice be heard on. “At that point, it was

Urban and Mark Wills. Playing on stage in front

decided to take a different shot on life and

just a hobby—it wasn’t something that could

of 10,000 people was by far the most pivotal

sought after his passion of making it big in the

pay the bills,” Frank explained. “I eventually

point in my career.” Things started to really

country music industry.


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in music full-time. “As much as the band enjoyed what we did, unfortunately it wasn’t as easy for everyone to leave the stability they had back home.” In the last few months, Frank has done more traveling than he has in his entire life—from Nashville, Tennessee to Panama City Beach, Florida, the upcoming fall months have even more places in store, as he makes his way to Buffalo, New York,

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three years ago at an event which she had arranged as the marketing director for a company in Las Cruces for his old band to perform at. “When I got there and met her, I was like ‘Woah’ and my persistence paid off because now we are getting married next year,” he said. For Frank, family is everything. As a father of two daughters, it’s important to him that they understand his perseverance and drive for pursuing what his heart was set on. “My daughters admire what I am doing so much,” Frank said. “With that being said, one message I’d love to put

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out there for those with big dreams and aspirations is to GO FOR IT, take a chance and bet on yourself. You have to possess the confidence that things will all work out. It’s important for me to share my story— yes, I was a cop. Yes, I had a stable life. Everything was lined up, but ultimately I was just going through the motions. I really just want to drive home how important my family’s support is, as well as my band and the people that follow our music. Everyone

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likely shape his schedule for the

Frank’s current top hit, “Every Time

coming 2018 year. He will be opening

You Run,” reached 77 on the charts,

for country music star, Mark Chesnut,

an unheard-of amount for a new artist.

in Vidor, Texas on February 16, 2018. In

“It’s something we are really proud of,”

addition, Desert Entertainment, one of his

Frank said. “It can take weeks to come out on the Top 100, so for us to debut at this

law enforcement career, but when you see

booking affiliates, is currently lining up a city

number, it really created a buzz—and I could

something like this it just really puts you at a

tour in March 2018 which will host other up-

have never anticipated that it would come

loss for words,” he said. “It hit people on a

and-coming artists. His plan is to continue

out on the Top 40, but it did, so now we are

scale that’s just inexplicable—people go to

to hit radio stations around the country and

really getting a lot of attention from other

these festivals for fun and now there will always

promote his hit single, “Every Time You Run”

stations which is so exciting.”

be an element of fear. It’s truly heartbreaking.”

in between several other small gigs.

Frank expressed his heartfelt compassion

So, what can we expect from Frank Ray in

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for the recent events in Las Vegas, Nevada

the near future? His eventful 2017 lineup,

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and the devastation of the tragedy. “I have

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of a college showcase, which he says will


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Bras and Boots of the Border Kick up your boots or get your craft on for the second annual Bras and Boots of the Border. This event is held to celebrate and honor the lives of those confronting, or have confronted, cancer and remembering those lost. Be there on November 16 at Grace Gardens Events Center at 6 p.m. Hand painted boots and bras will be for sale with proceeds going to Rio Grande Cancer Foundation.

El Paso Chapter of Credit Unions Annual Golf Classic Enjoy a day of golf on Friday, November 3 to help the El Paso Chapter of Credit Unions, a nonprofit organization promoting unity among credit unions through communication, training and participation. Go solo ($150) as a team ($600) or a credit union team ($400) and get drinks, breakfast and lunch, a goodie bag and more. Shotgun starts at 8 a.m. at Butterfield Trail.

Texas A&M Golf Fore Scholarships Tournament The El Paso A&M Club hosts their second annual Golf Fore Scholarships Tournament to raise scholarship funds for future Aggies of El Paso. Play solo ($150) or as a team ($500) and help students continue their education. Join the fun on November 11 at Butterfield Trail, registration starts at 8 a.m.

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hat usually pulls us into following a band

and listening to their songs on repeat is

relatability. If we can put their lyrics under our

Instagram photos, or listen to one of their songs after a breakup, that is usually what makes us add them to our playlists. Basically, a band’s music needs to make us feel things. Great artists make themselves vulnerable, revealing themselves to strangers, sharing feelings and experiences that we all go through—they just have the guts and talent to do it, while the rest of us get to lay back and listen. Sleepspent is one of those bands—completely captivating, live and through your speakers. Lead singer/songwriter and guitar player, Austin North, and lead guitarist, Aaron Quintanilla, were childhood friends who started the band after jamming together throughout their high school years at Coronado High. The two wrote and created the Marfa EP and then added band members, Ceci Otero (bass) and Josh Mendoza (drums) to play live shows. Don’t let the band member’s initial walk on stage fool you. Although they are young, don’t expect childish lyrics or typical “radio friendly” songs. As soon as the first chord is plucked, and the first note leaves Austin’s throat, you are taken by surprise. Go to a live show and witness the mouths literally drop and the whispers begin about how great Austin’s voice is. Austin, the front man of the band, is not to be underestimated. At 21, he has spent the majority of his life—15 years to be exact—playing guitar. “It was a process and counting. I hated it. It was mostly classical guitar, like how to hold the guitar and stuff like that.” Not only did he dedicate time to become a disciplined guitar player, but he also took to writing his own material. The lyrics he writes are mature, poetically written and brought to life by the music supporting them. He says of his lyrics, “Interpret them however you want.” Each song is intricate and rich, with heavy bass lines to round it out—so, if you’re not tapping along with your feet, there’s something wrong. Since Austin and Aaron have similar music taste, collaborating has been effortless. They both

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strongly gravitate towards Radiohead. When I mention how the structure of one of their songs, “What’s the Rush?,” reminds me of Frank Ocean’s, “Pyramids, ” Austin doesn’t hesitate to nod and add that Frank Ocean is also an artist that he listens to a lot. Their manager, Luis Mota, recalls the first time hearing Austin play a solo show, opening up for Jim Ward (At the Drive In) at Tricky Falls, and instantly thinking, “Jeff Buckley.” It’s a perfect description of the pitch and tone that Austin has. After becoming Sleepspent’s manager, the band has gotten more local shows and has just finished recording at Brainville with producer, Chris Common, who has produced The Mars Volta, Minus the Bear, Chelsea Wolfe and more. Most of the material is played, created and learned by ear. Austin talks about when their new drummer, Josh, had to learn all of the songs to play live and record. “He gets the structure of them in like, one or two times of practicing.” Josh, who used to drum for local band, Alabama Deathwalk, met Austin during a studio session and both organically decided to partner up and start working together. Adding him to the band has created a feeling of being complete. In live shows, the energy has increased and made songs originally played off a drum pad more exciting. “I really like [playing], ‘What’s the Rush.’ It’s a lot of fun now that we have a drummer because we used to do it with a drum machine, and I didn’t like playing it, but now that [Josh] can play it, it’s so much more fun and I finally realize it’s such a good song.” The songs have layers of different genres intertwined throughout. It’s indie rock with synths, mature alternative rock with pop-y vibes

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and groovy rhythms. Find yourself dancing

Austin is confident of his work and where

to “Upside Down” or draw a bath, pour a

his band is going. Plans to start touring in

glass of whiskey and just lose yourself while

January are already being made with band

listening to “Roots.” Again, interpret for

merchandise also on the to-do list. Though

yourselves, but the songs invoke feelings—

not all dates have been set in stone, touring

both with the lyrics and the fluid structure

will be an imminent next step. For now, you

of the instruments. “Cracking” demands

can catch the band at local music venues

attention with Austin painfully singing, “I

such as Monarch, The Lowbrow Palace,

can’t be satisfied, I can’t be here all night. You

Five Points Bistro and The Perch at Tricky

tell me your fears, I tell you what you want

Falls. The band’s Marfa EP and future

to hear.” And then there is “Stars,” a slower,

releases can be found on Spotify, iTunes,

melancholic song with lyrics like, “I’m drifting

Bandcamp and Soundcloud. After giving

with the stars and you tonight, we will die but

them a listen, you too will be confident that

it’s alright the universe has us aligned.”

the band is going places.

Photo by Jon-Carlo Diaz


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| By: MICHELLE CROMER | he zombie apocalypse is imminent. Or

curiosity gets the best of her and she opens

Hope is a bright star in a hopelessly dark

so it seems since we have already had

the box. The lid flies open and all the evils

universe. Through light years of distance, the

earthquakes, hurricanes, melting ice

and miseries of the world bolt out: hate,

brightness fills our inner selves. Hope is not

caps, famine and pestilence and that is

violence, sorrow, ignorance, jealousy and

just an emotion; it is a promise that smiling

just what happened recently!

sadness. Pandora manages to shut the box,

and laughter are just around the corner. When

leaving only Hope who is hiding under the lid.

the fighter has been laid on the canvas by a

It appears to be our entire mutual fate to be

This old myth teaches us that all the ills and

well placed right to the jaw, Hope is there

living during a time of great upheaval and

ailments, all the scandals and betrayals and

saying, “Get up. Take a nine count if you

sweeping change. When the story of the

the rampant dishonesty must be faced before

must, but be ready to stand, and have the ref

world becomes less clear, it is the unfolding

the hidden hope of life can be found again.

dust off your gloves. You’re going to win this

of the inner life that might provide the best

It’s as if things must become hopeless before

match.” Hope is drawn to the person who

way to proceed. The telling of myths, folk

a deeper sense of hope can return from the

sees beyond the present defeat, beyond the

tales and fairy tales became a source in

depths of the human heart. This level of hope

moment of being cast down, beyond the loss

my Scot-Irish family as a way to face great

includes a darker knowledge of the world and

of the job and beyond the negative words of

obstacles and impossible tasks because the

a sharper insight into one’s own soul.

hopeless voices. There is that voice from the “bright star” telling us to look beyond the

examples of the heroines and heroes and the

darkness—to the bright light of hope.

hope they seemed to always have. In every

Hope is found, not by clinging to old dreams

case, something goes terribly wrong—but

or by denying despair, but by surviving it.

something even bigger goes right.

When life becomes darkest, the eye of the

In the end, Pandora hears a faint voice in the

soul begins to see. “Hope springs eternal,”

box and when she lifts the lid she finds Hope,

The origin myth of Pandora’s box, written

when people begin to see beyond the parade

releasing it into the world. And everywhere

by Hesiod in about 800 B.C., is one of my

of facts, the litanies of ideologies and learn

evil goes, hope goes too. And all that is

favorites because it is one way to explain

to trust the deeper values of individual life

touched by evil—so too is touched by Hope.

how all the evils came about in the world.

as well as the underlying truths of human

Zeus gives a box as a wedding present to

culture. Great crises are not solved by simply

Pandora, the first mortal woman on Earth.

conserving assets, but by finding inner

Zeus does not tell Pandora what is in the

resources that are hidden from sight.


open it. What a set up! Somehow, Pandora

All shamans, mystics, Buddhists, yogis and


manages to wait a year, at which point her

saints have said the same thing: answers to

box, but gives her strict instructions not to

our questions come from looking within, and 38

in our stillness we find hope.

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| By: TAYLOR HINES photography by: JESSE MAYNES | You pull into an ever-spawning

Ringo and Bowie are hung, and they are all

complex with an eclectic mix

welcoming you. Then you reach the belly of

of businesses and store fronts,

the beast, a full stage illuminated under a

searching, looking ‌ then it is there.

few strands of Edison Bulb lights with their

A caricature of an adolescent Angus

filaments glowing orange. This is a place for

Young, sporting the iconic grimace and

music, this is a place for collaboration, this is

school-boy outfit holding center stage of the

a place for rock.

sign attached to the facade. You have arrived at the Let There Be Rock School. Rock

The LTBR was founded in 2016 by director/

nostalgia lines the throat of the building, with

rocker Pepe Clarke. Clarke was born and

rooms spawning off the sides complete with

raised in Ciudad JuĂĄrez and, at the age of 18,

guitars, bass, drums and keyboards. Familiar

decided that Los Angeles was the place he

framed faces like John, Paul, George,

needed to be. Clarke set out to LA to study 41

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musical education at Musicians Institute.

reminiscent of a co-working space, complete

After two years in the City of Angels, he

with a designated homework section, foosball

grabbed his drum sticks and ventured to

and ping-pong table and all the amenities a

Boston to study at the Berklee College of

person needs to be a successful musician,

Music. Manipulating airwaves and pressure

student, individual and team-player, or just

has always been an integral part of Clarke’s

someplace where they can be comfortable

life, from playing in bands since his high

and surrounded by like-minded people.

school days in Juárez to hitting tours with Seether, Chevelle and Papa Roach and

“The goal is to foster creativity.” By creating

playing Metallica’s Orion Music Festival.

an open-environment where students are

Music is what sent him on his adventure out

encouraged to not only learn some facet of

of the border region and what brought him

music, but to also engage with each other,

back to the Sun City years later.

Clarke and his team have been front and center

A new series showcasing El Paso’s musical talent

in seeing the metamorphosis of their students, While on tour with his band KYNG, Clarke and

“Kids would tell me coming in that they were

the band were invited to perform for the kids

never going to play in a band, saying ‘I just

at the Let There Be Rock School in Maryland,

want individual lessons’ … we would ask,

but from Clarke’s point of view, the kids were

‘do you want to join a band?’ they were like,

the ones who put on the show,.“I really wasn’t

‘no absolutely not.’ Three months later those

expecting what I saw. When they started

same kids were killing it on stage and doing

playing I was like, ‘Ok, yea I guess I should

great. I’ve seen the wonders that it can do for

go warm-up.’ These kids could really play.”

self-esteem, and it gives them a place to just

Ultimately impressed by the “rockability”

belt out any negative energy they may have.

of the kids shredding it up on the stage, the

It’s a pretty powerful thing.” The curriculum

inspiration of expanding the Let There Be

(yes, rock can be structured), focuses on

Rock School brand began to dig roots deep

creating some basic musical foundation

into the mind of Clarke, and what better place

and establishing a tailored approach to each

to expand than the region that fostered and

student’s needs. As the students progress,

developed him as a person and musician, El

they are then encouraged to create bands with

Paso. Fast forward a few years and you are

their fellow peers, with the end goal of being

walking into the entrance of LTBR in El Paso.

able to produce their own music and play in a

DEADLINES A City Magazine Music Series

face-melting show at the school. Think School of Rock, minus the whole impersonating a substitute teacher and

Clarke is a true champion of the people in the

entering elementary school kids into a battle

El Paso and Juárez region, striving every day

of the bands competition. LTBR centers on

to impact the lives of everyone who crosses

including people of any age, background or

the threshold of LTBR, whether they lounge

level of musical proficiency and teaching

on the purple velvet couch that Prince may

them how to play music, and to create/jam

have owned (we asked and can neither

with others. It is an inclusive team approach

confirm nor deny this…), strum a six-stringed

that Clarke says is missing in many other

ax on the elevated stage, or do homework

establishments, where a student is only

and just need a place to be themselves.

taught to play alone and never gets the

Sitting behind the desk in his “office” that

chance to be included in something bigger

more closely resembles a recording studio

than themselves. Clarke and LTBR have

complete with a drum set, old tour and

created an environment that looks for growth

festival posters from his past, Clarke leans

and inclusiveness with music being the

back and drops one final knowledge bomb,

vessel to accomplish the task at hand. Do

“People think that you have to leave (El

not think of this as merely a music school

Paso) to do something and they don’t, you

though—Clarke has created an environment

can make a dent in the world from your city.”


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HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS PROFILES With the ever-changing landscape that characterizes the healthcare industry, it’s good to know where to turn. The following “Healthcare Professionals” showcase features some of the best, both in our city and in their field. When the options seem overwhelming, look no further. These pros have made and continue to make a mark in their industry, and prove that their priority is taking care of you and me. Turn the pages and make a recommendation to your loved ones, or just book that healthcare appointment … You’ll be glad you did!


Prestige Women’s Healthcare Prestige Women’s Healthcare is proud to welcome their newest

her residency at UT Health Science Center at San Antonio before

doctor, Dr. Perez, to their team and back to the community. A proud El

returning home to El Paso with her husband and young daughter.

Paso native, Dr. Perez went on to further her education, completing her undergraduate degree with honors from UT Austin, before returning

Dr. Perez notes the positive environment that she is now working at

to become a part of the first graduating class at Paul L. Foster School

saying, “Women are happy here because of how they are treated.”

of Medicine. It was there that her career path became certain.

She is now actively a part of a professional, supportive team that caters to women—and the importance of women’s health is not lost

“I knew I loved performing surgery, but after doing an OB/GYN

on her. She hopes to further advance her knowledge at Prestige and

rotation, I just fell in love and knew I wanted to focus on women’s

be trained for the MedSpa in order to be more involved and cater to

health,” Dr. Perez says.

women that she takes care of. Join the team in welcoming Dr. Perez back home and call to book your appointment now.

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Prestige Women’s Healthcare Prestige Women’s Healthcare is more than just your average

Alongside Tess Limberg, who is only one out of three women’s

women’s health clinic. CEO and Founder, Dr. Garcia-Fraire has

health nurse practitioners in the city, Dr. Garcia-Fraire has created

been in private practice since 2007. In 2009, she opened her

a women’s health clinic that goes above and beyond. Containing

own practice, Prestige Women’s Healthcare. Since that time, the

over 30 years of experience, patients can receive expert care in

practice has grown to include Dr. Jorge Kareh, Dr. Jennifer Perez,

hormone therapy, contraceptive technology and more. With the

and Tess Limberg, W.H.N.P.

MedSpa now available, a new passion for Dr. Garcia-Fraire, patients can also come in for Smartlipo, SculpSure, botox, stretch mark

After studying at UTEP, Dr. Garcia-Fraire went on to the University of

removal, laser hair removal and much more. It has become a one-

North Texas Health Science Center and then completed her residency

stop shop for women to take care of all of their needs. It is a warm

at Texas Tech here in El Paso. An El Paso native, Dr. Garcia-Fraire

and inviting space, with health care professionals that are here to

understands and is highly intuitive to the specific needs that women in

let El Paso know that there is still a safe place for women to seek

the region need. Along with being board certified, she also specializes

out their fundamental health care.

in robotic gynecologic surgery. By: KRYSTA AYERS photographed by: DAVID PARISH


Sun City Orthopaedic & Hand Surgery Specialists You can count on quality care and more than 100

“Our focus is to work with patients to determine the

years combined experience from the experts at

best treatment option for their individual needs …

Sun City Orthopaedic & Hand Surgery Specialists.

We believe the most important aspect of providing

The group was founded by Eric Sides, M.D., in

quality care is listening to the needs of our patients and

2012 and comprised of board certified surgeons

involving the patient in the treatment plan. We like to

specializing in all facets of orthopaedic care.

take the time to educate patients and present treatment options. When you come to your appointment, surgery

Dr. Daniel W. Vande Lune focuses on arthroscopy,

may not be your only option. We like to explore other

total joint replacement and sports medicine;

options such as rehabilitation and medications as

orthopaedic surgeon James W. Bean specializes

methods of conservative treatment. If you do require

in arthroscopy, total joint replacement and sports medicine; Dr. Paul Chubb, is the group’s specialist in hand, wrist and elbow surgery; Dr. Eric E. Sides is a general orthopaedic surgeon, specializing in hips, knees, shoulders and reconstruction; Dr. Michael Mrochek is a physiatrist specializing in occupational medicine, workers compensation, the treatment of osteoporosis, nerve testing and non-operative musculoskeletal medicine. He is one of the only doctors in the area, statecertified to perform designated doctor exams and impairment ratings.

Pictured: Dr. Paul Chubb Dr. Daniel Vande Lune Dr. Eric Sides Dr. James Bean Dr. Michael Mrochek


surgery, you will be an integral part of the decision and

The team also values our border community. They

we will walk you through the entire healing process.”

serve as team doctors for the UTEP men’s basketball team, the El Paso Rhinos, and take pride in joining

Patients can also expect to be treated like family.

many high school teams on the field. The doctors

Sun City works with all payers so no one is turned

are also working on a collaborative project with the

away. Two locations allow for timely appointments,

UTEP brain clinic and the El Paso Rhinos.

and because the practice is comprised of a team of experts, a person can be treated for any orthopaedic

The doctors give back by training the next generation

ailment under one roof.

of orthopaedic surgeons. They take time to assist as needed at El Paso’s University Medical Center. Dr. Sides has served as clinical associate professor at Texas Tech University for the last 20 years and all of the doctors are associate professors for the new Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Currently, the orthopaedic residents from the combined William Beaumont / Texas Tech residency program rotate with these surgeons during their training.

Sun City Orthopaedic & Hand Surgery Specialists Call us at (915) 581-0712 Eastside Location: 1400 George Dieter, Ste. 100 El Paso, TX 79936 Central Location: 1810 Murchison, Ste. 140 El Paso, TX 79902

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Southwestern Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute Dr. Lawal specializes in the treatment of heart rhythm disorders, such as atrial fibrillation and other heart rhythm problems. He is board certified in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology and Cardiology. He completed his internship and residency training at Johns Hopkins University/Sinai Hospital Maryland, followed by fellowship training in cardiovascular disease at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio. He then completed a fellowship training in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology at UT Southwestern Dallas. Dr. Lawal’s expertise include complex ablation therapies for arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia and ablation of supraventricular tachycardia. Other services provided include pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators implantation, tilt table tests and comprehensive evaluation and management of syncope. Dr. Lawal has extensive interest in medical research. He is the author of several articles that have been published in reputable medical journals. He is an assistant professor of medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and a clinical assistant professor of medicine at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, New Mexico State University, where he is actively involved in teaching. He is a member of several professional societies, including the Heart Rhythm Society and American College of Cardiology. Dr. Lawal’s philosophy is to provide every patient with compassionate and personalized care. He is happily married with children.

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ayluta Means Kindness is not the type of band most locals would expect to

come out of El Paso. However, they fit

perfectly into a surprisingly rich instrumental post-rock music scene in Texas—some of the genre’s most established artists hail from Texas, with Dayluta’s music and accomplishments cementing themselves as an important addition within this scene. Since playing their first show in August of 2014, the band has gone through a handful of lineup changes, including the most recent addition of a keyboard player. This has led to their current five-piece lineup, consisting of guitarists Adrian Nava and Jesus Chavez, bassist David Moncayo, drummer Ryan Jimenez and keyboardist Giovanni Lauretano. Dayluta has been able to gain significant forward momentum following their latest release in January of 2017—a record titled, “When You’re Young You’re Invincible.” This secured them features in compilations alongside other successful post-rock bands, and has allowed them to receive “great feedback from people around the world,” according to bassist David Moncayo. “[It] really gave us an idea of the potential we might have,” he said. Although there are plenty of more mainstream post-rock outfits for the band to take cues from, they also take inspiration from various other artists and genres. David said of the group that, “Most of us all come from heavy

Photo by Ryan Jimenez

musical backgrounds, so naturally that’s a big influence.” David in particular, who is also a 55

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Experience The Difference

producer and an audio engineer, has found

good at taking criticism or [are] open to

inspiration in the work of composer Hans

ideas,” according to the band. They focus on

Zimmer. Of his impact, David said, “His work

“serving the song and emotion as a whole,”

is unique and really drives emotional imagery.

making changes to aspects of songs, both

That could be one of my biggest influences.”

as a whole and individually, to meet each

This is almost immediately evident in their

member’s collective vision of the song.

music, which often builds up and collapses

These qualities become obvious through

in on itself multiple times throughout their

how meticulously thought out and crafted

recorded music and their live shows. They

the songs are, and through their live shows,

tiptoe the line between more ambient sounds

proving each member’s proficiency with their

and heavier, metal-influenced passages to

instruments while shifting through many

form a unique and impressive space within

different melodies and moods throughout.

the genre. Their records, like many other respected post-rock outfits, are structured in

When asked about their upcoming plans, they

very intentional yet purposefully ambiguous

explain that they will be keeping busy in the

musical narratives that allow listeners to

near future. “We will be going on a short tour

apply their own meanings to the songs, with

from the Pacific Northwest, down through

expansive sounds and swells of guitars.

California. The first date is November 10 in Bellingham, WA,” David said, with support

“We hope to just achieve some great

from bands Wander and Coastlands, who are

imagery with our music,” David said in

both from the region. On top of touring, the

reference to the band’s dynamic and writing

band is hopeful to be able to start working on

process. Guitarist, Adrian Nava, is frequently

a new record soon. With a large majority of

the initial primary songwriter, crafting the

the material already written, they are looking

riffs that many of the songs are built off of.

to early 2018 for a release date.

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Expressing Appreciation to Our Military | By: JOANN WARDY | Memorial Day is the day we set aside to remember those who died in the service of our country. Now might also be a good time to be aware of those who are in the service. They and their families make tremendous sacrifices to ensure that our families feel safe and secure. Next time you see a man or woman in uniform, acknowledge them and their service. Thank and tell them how much you appreciate all that they do. It is amazing what a warm smile, eye contact and a genuine “thank you” can mean to a person in the military who’s far away from home. Joann Wardy owns and directs “The School of Etiquette and Enrichment” and was certified at “The Protocol School of Washington.” For children, adult and corporate programs call 584-3930. For children and adult class schedules call 584-3930.


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Great Shapes

Known for their groovy sound made for a night of dancing, Great Shapes have left a mark on the El Paso music scene through their first album, “Murmuration.” Recently, Great Shapes have released their sophomore album, “Somewhere In Between” and are currently touring the West Coast.


After exploding through the charts with his single, “Location” off of his debut album, “American Teen,” El Paso’s own, Khalid has kept busy. Touring throughout the U.S. and U.K., he has also made appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Good Morning America. Recently, Khalid won his first Moon Person award for “Best New Artist” at the MTV Video Music Awards. Since then, this American Teen has been nominated under the American Music Awards for Soul/R&B and has embarked on a second tour through the U.K.


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We kept our eyes on Kikimora, El Paso’s experimental jazz inspired band, and since last November when they were featured in The City Magazine, they have been active. After playing Power of the Pass, an “Ancient and Modern Rituals” tour and KLAQ Street Fest, Kikimora has gone back to the studio and produced a new album, “Laika,” which was released in September. They will embark on a tour for their newest album in spring of next year.

Dirty River Boys The Texas punk-Americana members of the Dirty River Boys have recently celebrated seven years together this past July. Though spending much of their time touring, they have recently returned to the studio to record their third full-length album. The band will also be headed to Dublin to play a show at the end of the month.


Keeping Up with the Bands

Javier Martinez

We’re keeping our eyes straight on solo singer-songwriter, Javier Martinez, who can typically be found playing plenty of acoustic sets around town. Also joining a band called Table Manners, Javier can still be found producing some of his own tracks. Early October, Javier released an EP, “The Demonstration,” which you can find on Bandcamp.

Alabama Deathwalk

Americana-folk band, Alabama Deathwalk has some exciting news, they are set to release an EP, “Progressive Collapse,” complete with demos and unreleased tracks. Founder, guitarist and lead vocalist Eric Reed says, “I was testing myself to play all the instruments on a project while also recording myself to tape. Drums were very new to me, and so [was] the process of recording to tape, but after playing music for 10-years, ‘new’ felt nice. I went back and forth on whether or not I’d ever put this EP out, but a few friends pushed me in this right direction and I’m glad they did.” Look out for their EP on all streaming sites and iTunes on November 10.

Sorrytown There’s no downtime for Las Cruces’ emo-pop punk band Sorrytown. Releasing “Blanket Fort” in March, they have been actively playing shows around the El Paso and Las Cruces area. Lead vocalist and guitarist, Simeon Beardsley, says, “We’re going into the studio the first week of November to track our third record. We have lots of extensive touring planned for 2018.”

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The Chamanas This “Fronteriza” band, know as The Chamanas have kept busy with the release of their new album, “Nea,” which released in August. Nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2016 and winners of Mexico’s Independent Music Awards for “Best Pop Album” that same year, The Chamanas have been on tour throughout the U.S.

Brandon Bailey Johnson Brandon Bailey Johnson is hard to forget. Notably, the youngest musician featured in The City Magazine three years ago and part of the Guiness World Records as the youngest professional music producer in 2015, he is not showing any signs of slowing down. Performing at numerous events, including Neon Desert Music Festival and the New Mexico Flavor Festival, the 15-year-old has made a recent appearance at a TedX conference last year.

Elia Esparza Since her audition on The Voice, Elia has been taking it to the next step. Releasing a single, “Fools Gold,” she continues to appear in many shows all around El Paso. Now, she is on The Voice in Mexico in which she is on Laura Pausini’s team.


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Take me to: The Hospitals of Providence Emergency Room.

Convenient locations throughout the city. The Hospitals of Providence Memorial Campus 2001 N Oregon St. (915) 577-6011

Providence Children's Hospital 2001 N Oregon St. (915) 577-6011

Sierra Campus 1625 Medical Center St. (915) 747-4000

Trawood Emergency Room 2400 Trawood (915) 577-8100

East Campus 3280 Joe Battle Blvd. (915) 832-2000

Northeast Emergency Room 11380 Gateway North (915) 577-8221

Transmountain Campus 2000 Transmountain Rd. (915) 877-8136

Horizon City Campus 13600 Horizon Blvd., Suite 100 (915) 407-7878


601 Sunland Park Dr. (915) 577-8223

7480 Paseo Del Norte Blvd. (915) 308-2060

9100 Viscount (915) 594-4475

10765-A Kenworthy Street (915) 320-4021

12371 Edgemere Blvd. Ste. 207 (915) 856-0008

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Thank you to the El Paso community for the amazing support of Make-A-Wish’s Wish NightŽ event and to our wonderful event sponsors for making Wish Night possible Make-A-Wish will now be able to grant even more wishes to El Paso area children who are battling critical illnesses. Because of your generosity, we raised over $190,000


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Dating Terms Every Single Millennial Should Know | By: JANNET BUSTILLOS |

There is no doubt that dating can be difficult and keeping up with the latest dating terms can add some pressure. No need to get Urban Dictionary out just yet, I have deciphered the most common terms to help you out.



Is a dating technique

Someone who is in

where along with your

a relationship but is

main piece you also have

looking to get out. So in

several “cushions,” or

the meantime as they

other people you’ll chat

figure how to breakup

and flirt with. Just think

with their current partner,

of it as having a backup

they’re looking for

plan or a “cushion.”

future potentials.

Catch and Release This is a move done by those who enjoy the “chase” part of a relationship. Once the object of their desire has been “caught,” this commitment-phobe will then “release” them without ever being pinned down.


Breadcrumbing Snack Pack This is all about leading

This is a playful name

someone on with a trail

given to the bag a man

of flirtatious messages,

or woman brings with

but never following

them when they’re

through. Some of the

going to stay over at

worst offenders may

their crush’s place.

never even meet the

These are items such

recipients of their

as a toothbrush,

teasing texts.

phone charger or contraceptives.

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2 3 4 5 111122232343345445 Benching

Cuffing Season


Slow Fade


This occurs before

With the cold winter

This is literally

Like the name suggests

When a “ghost” tries

couples have “the

months approaching it

disappearing on

the “slow fade” is

to re-insert themselves

talk” and define their

can leave even the most

someone you have been

when people slowly

into their ex-lover’s life.

relationship. But if one

avowed singleton feeling

talking to for a while

reduce the amount

They’re like a zombie

person is on the fence

lonely and thinking twice

without any warning

of communication

coming back from the

about the relationship,

about their relationship

or explanation. This

before their relationship

dead. “Zombie-ing”

they can put their partner

status. Cold nights

is a treatment that is

eventually dwindles

usually takes the form

on the “bench.” Like

leave us wanting to be

frequently suffered at

into nothingness.

of an innocent text

with sports, being on

“cuffed” to someone and

the hands of online

message such as,

the bench is not good.

keep warm. However,

daters who think there

“Hi, how’s it going?”

If nothing better comes

once the summer time

is constantly a better

along, they might want

starts to roll out so does

option available.

to come back into play.

the relationship.

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Thanks Giving



ASt rolo gy

November, 2017


s I write this article, the TV is in the

a TV, air conditioning, the comfortable bed

background playing the news reports on

you sleep in at the end of a long day or even

the latest tragedy to hit our country—the

running water.

horrific shooting in Las Vegas, NV. This, at the very least, compels me to write

When I lay down at night I always say a

about the importance of gratitude. As

prayer and give gratitude for at least three

unfortunate as this tragedy is, it drives

things that happened to me that day. Even

home the idea that we should never take

if it is something as simple as traffic that

anything for granted as it can all change in

moved smoothly and I made it from point

the blink of an eye.

A to B safely; it is important that I find gratitude for that.

We rang in fall 2017 in horrific fashion. devastating

Appreciate all that you have and take for

hurricanes that left thousands homeless and

granted, instead of focusing on the lack

without basic necessities such as food and

of. We are truly living in a country that is

water. Many of the victims of the hurricanes

blessed more than anywhere else. Take a

were left without any possessions and with

moment, daily, to count your blessings and

only the clothes on their backs. Nonetheless,

give thanks to anyone who helps to make our

they were all thankful for their survival and

world a better place. During this time, it is

that of their loved ones. It is in times like this

perhaps most important to reach out to the

that we should allow for reflection and not

courageous men and women in uniform who

focus on what we do not have, but instead

serve and protect us day in and day out.





be grateful for what we do. In these dark times, I find comfort in seeing We’ve become so wrapped up with our

people stepping up to help one another-

own problems that we do not pause to give

erasing all barriers, such as race and

thanks. Instead, people tend to focus on

reminding me we can be good people.

problems at work, paying the bills, traffic and other issues. When we step back to

The holidays are now quickly approaching

see the bigger picture and compare our

and we should take the time to make meals

problems to those that have been affected

special and share time with our loved ones.

in the face of tragedy; it is then we realize

I leave you with this—try to spend that time

what really matters.

year-round. Hold your kids and family a little tighter, tell your loved ones what they mean

Do not take for granted the luxuries that

to you and always remember that life is so

many of us now view as necessities.

very precious and can change without a

Remember, it is a luxury to have a cell phone,

moment’s notice. 69

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Ear Candy | By: TAYLOR HINES |

Late Phases

Photo by Simeon Beardsley

Turn the angst meter to max—Late Phases hits listeners with heavy instrumentals and a pop-punk sound making you want to slam a door and throw on some black eyeliner. They transport you to the mid-2000s with their fast-tempo, power chords, breakdowns, poetic lyrics that don’t hold punches and emotion that can only be perfectly captured by the songs of our past. Their latest release, “Bare” takes a shift from some of their older work; it’s more grown up and has less of a poppunk ring to it, but ultimately stays true to their sound, with a hinge more structure.

The Other Half After hitting play on any of the songs off their EP, "Family of Fools," The Other Half bait you in with near dream-esque melodic guitar riffs that build and gain momentum, making you dance in your chair and foot tap along. Need a midday


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energy boost? Ditch the coffee, throw in the ear buds and

Woeful lyrics ringing nostalgia that would take anyone back to the

turn the volume up. If you aren’t bobbing along with them,

days of the early emo-punk scene, with basslines reminiscent

then you may need to see a doctor. They don’t just bring

of classic Black Flag, Medvedi has successfully found a unique

energy to your ears, they also possess a listenability that

sound that is able to blend and surpass genres. A band that

any fans of The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys and Interpol will be

would be at home playing a garage show or rocking a stage,

infatuated with. They are currently fine-tuning and recording

Medvedi delivers fast-paced drums and vocals coupled with a

their first full-length album at Brainville Studios in El Paso,

clean rawness that is hard to pull off. Their latest album, "Upside

Texas and expect a mid-November release date.

Down," has an attitude that carries the listener from track to


track, wanting more. Check them out at Monarch on November 10, and at Lowbrow Palace on November 16.

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Lo cal E ar Can dy

e t a t s e h t f i f e h t

Masterly articulated rhymes, and classic 90s vibes, are some of the first things

that come to mind when the fifth estate graces your eardrum. The fifth estate delivers lyrics in a flow that you begin to float and drift away in. “Stuck in the 90s” are the opening lyrics from the fifth estate’s song, “what it is?” but he is anything but stuck. Re-invented and re-worked beats, with an intelligent lyrical structure, puts the fifth estate into an echelon of his own. With the ability to pay homage to the past with the utmost respect, while simultaneously carving his own way to stand out amongst the noise, the fifth estate needs some space in your music library. His next project is dropping on October 18 and is a mixtape entitled, “Stuck in the 90s.”

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Mountain Vibes

Blended acoustic and electric guitar set the scene for the indie-electric-folk band, Mountain Vibes. The back and forth, meddling, and expanding mix of the sounds, creates a unique listening experience. The acoustic undertones hold the rhythm together, while the electric Gibson Les Paul howls its bluesy cry. There’s a certain give and take

Mosaic Mountains

between the sounds. Acoustic strumming patterns that ring an air of sepia notes are supplemented by the clean lead notes played on the electric.

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A self-proclaimed “shy singer with a guitar, somewhere in the southwest,” Mosaic Mountains, aka Courtney Wright, delivers rainy-day vibes and a melancholic wave that crashes into your soul. Soft strumming guitar paired with “woefully existential storytelling” delivered from a place of deep rooted emotions, paints a pastel landscape. Pairs best with a cup of Earl Gray, a thick sweater and trickling rain on the windowpane. Her latest track, “New Skin,” opens with a haunting combination of notes and tone and transforms into a soulful concoction of mellow drum beats and dreamy melody.


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Changing with the


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e l pa s o zo o

November, 2017 here is a coolness in the air, the leaves are changing

colors, and it seems as though fall has come once more. This time of year, many people prefer staying indoors to enjoy the warmth and comfort of their homes rather than being out in the

cool fall and winter temperatures. That said, a number of guests who visit the El Paso Zoo often wonder how these changing seasons and temperatures affect the animals at the zoo. What happens to the animals during the cooler months? We talked to one of the senior collection supervisors, Tammy Sundquist. Tammy explains that often what happens is that whenever there is extreme weather, both hot and cold, the animals will have access to their night houses. That way, they have the

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option to go inside or remain outside. Starting in October, El Paso Zoo staff

outside though he has access to his night

run back inside having met their curiosity.”

began checking exhibits to make sure that

house.” In order to keep the animals mentally

The big cats at the zoo, like the lions and

everything was in place and properly working



tigers, love the snow; despite being native

for the temperature shift that will arrive in

coordinator continues to follow a regularly

to warmer regions, they become extremely

the coming months. This includes turning

scheduled itinerary to keep the animals

active. The rare times that it does snow in El

off air conditioners, turning on heaters,


Paso, there are a few animals, like our sea




lion, who need to be in their pools so there

implementing additional heaters and heat lamps—similar to a regular household.

Some of the animals will burrow themselves

is a heater that will regulate the water to a

Often, the zoo staff tries to mimic conditions

in their exhibits and hibernate or bromate,

higher temperature. Sometimes you‘ll see

the animals are accustomed to in the wild.

which is hibernation for cold-blooded animals,

him stick out his fin as if he is waving, but he

For example, in the South American Aviary,

for the winter. To help animals in the cold, zoo

is just feeling the cool air on his flipper.

the zoo provides the birds with a Brooder

staff also adds bedding or thicker amounts of

Heat Lamp that is hidden inside a hollow

bedding, which is particularly important for

The temperature in the Sun City can vary,

rock cave. The Brooders are carefully made

animals who do not have winter coats. Straw

and unlike parts of East Texas, we have

so that no animal can access them—be it

is the most common bedding material that

clearly defined seasons throughout the

with their beaks, claws or tongue.

is provided for warmth. The animals found in

year. This requires zoo staff to closely

the Paraje, like the goats and sheep, have no

monitor the animals throughout the year,


bedding right now, but in the colder months,

making sure they’re as comfortable as

on exhibit, because there are different

they are provided with a large bed of straw

possible. Many of the zoo animals have

temperature thresholds for each animal.

to nuzzle into.

become accustomed to the changing





weather, and some, like the lions, actually

Tammy explained how some animals handle the temperature differently than others.

“It depends on the individual animal’s

look forward to experiencing different

“For instance, if it is below 50 degrees or

curiosity towards the cold and snow. You

seasons and temperatures. So, while it’s

over 90 degrees, the ocelots get access to

know how there are some animals that

difficult to predict what kind of weather to

their night house so that they can remain in

run full steam out of the door and plow

expect, you can always expect the El Paso

a comfortable temperature. Some animals,

themselves into the snow? We have some

Zoo staff to work tirelessly to ensure the

on the other hand, have a larger threshold,

animals that are like that, and then we have

animals are safe, comfortable and healthy.

like the Mexican wolf who usually remains

the type that like to run out in the snow and


These Boots Were Made for Struttin’

November, 2017

would like to argue that boots are the most exciting


part about the changing seasons. They are the best, and

easiest, accessory to take an outfit to the next stylish level.

Whether they’re velvet, have embroidered details or take

us back to the 80s, each style has something quirky to add

and can stand as an extension of your personality. They can

either add a touch of femininity or let everyone know how

much of a badass you are. This month, these boots weren’t

just meant for walking; they were meant for you to own and

strut your stuff—and why not? If you got ‘em, flaunt ‘em!


Sock It To Me

The sock boot is here and it comes with comfort and flexibility. You’ve probably seen this boot on the likes of Kendall Jenner and countless other celebrities. The ankle part feels almost like a sock—it’s more form-fitting and won’t cause your feet any blisters (which is always a good quality). You can wear them many different ways, but the favorite amongst bloggers and celebrities is paired with an A-line skirt, statement tee and slouchy sweater. They could definitely be your new pair of airport shoes. 74

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White Out

It’s very 80s to strut around in some white booties and we are here for it. Mixing this vintage pop trend with your modern threads spices up any outfit. Whether you pick flats or heels, the white boot will be turning heads. Somehow, this always makes you feel a little more rebellious (cue Mötley Crüe) so I suggest wearing black skinny jeans, a loose white tee and a leather moto jacket, but you could wear these in so many different ways.

Velvet Crush

The velvet trend is not going anywhere—thank goodness—and now the trend has taken over our feet. Velvet boots have been seen in all of the runways and all over the streets—easily declared diverse between the street style bloggers and high-end designers. If you like to make things a little funky and make a bold statement, these are the boots for you. Not only is the fabric bold, but you can take things up a notch and pick out an even bolder color. You’re definitely going to be getting compliments.

Thigh-High Maybe this style is a given, but just in case I’ll remind you that you need this in your collection. Not only is this so easy to style, but it’s also such a sexy accessory to wear. If you’re feeling yourself and want to channel some Beyoncé, this is what you need to reach for. Whether you pick brown, black or any other color, easily style these with shift dresses, short skirts or oversized tee shirts. There’s already so much attention on the boots—and your legs—that you can keep everything else simple.


False Eyelashes, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly


beaut y

November, 2017


’ll be the first to admit that fake eyelashes can be a little intimidating. They require a bit of practice…please don’t try applying them when you only have 5 minutes to get out the

False lash strip tips 1. Apply all of your eye makeup first—your eyeshadow, liner and mascara. Your

door. One of the questions I’m most often asked

is: “How do I apply false eyelashes and what type

2. Measure and trim lashes to the length of your eyes, always trim from the

of lashes are the best?” If done right, lash strips

outer edge of the lash. If the lashes are too long, they will give your eye

can make you look wide-eyed and beautiful. If

a down-turned look.

done wrong, they can make you look like a hot mess.

eyeliner will act as a landing strip for the actual lash.

3. Apply lash adhesive to the lash band, adding a bit of extra adhesive on the

inner and outer corner, and let dry for 40-50 seconds.

Deciding which type is right for you is a tough

4. Place the strip against your lash line in the center of the eye, then press in

decision; lashes come in many different shapes &

sizes. Some are natural, some are super-dramatic

5. Squeeze the strip lash down onto the natural lashes until you don’t see

and some are very theatrical. If you’re looking for a

doe eyed look, go for lashes that are longer in the

6. Once the adhesive is dry, gently push up against the lashes at the edge

center. If you want that sexy cat-eye look get lashes

that are longer on the outer ends.

7. To remove, use a q-tip soaked in a non-oily makeup remover and gently rub it

To confuse the issue a bit more, lashes come in

on the inner and outer corners of your eye. any skin between your lashes and the falsies. of the inner lash line to create more uplift.

on your lash line, the false lashes will now to be easy to remove without pulling

your own eyelashes out.

different materials: synthetic, human hair and mink are the most common. What’s the difference? Simply put, synthetic lashes are known more commonly as acrylic lashes. They are generally thicker, coarser, shinier, and heavier compared to the other types of lashes. Synthetics tend to have the “fake” lash look and are often the cheapest option. They tend to be best used for a shorter wear time and are not very comfortable. Human hair eyelashes act more real, because they are the real-thing and they can be found in black and brown colors. The cat’s meow of falsies are mink eyelashes; they are the lightest, softest and most natural looking of the three options. Mink lashes are for those people who crave the absolute

My favorites: Natural Hair: Ardell Natural 110 for a natural look and Natural Demi Wispies for a bit more drama, $4.99 each at Mink Velour Lashes : Are Those Real? and You Complete Me, $29 each at Adhesive: Duo in Clear, $5.99 at

best thick eyelashes.



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e all love a good and successful investment,

whether it’s a business investment, a personal

finance investment or more simplistically, an

investment in one’s own appearance. Each of these contribute to the overall well-being of your body and mind. I’m here to help you with the latter. As I am in no way qualified to give financial advice, allow me to help you feel and appear better. Putting time and effort into your outward appearance can often be a pick-me-up for a drab and dull day and sometimes we rely on clothing to help us achieve that. I’m here to tell you that a healthy and glowing complexion coupled with a great scent can elevate your mood and outward appearance in ways that clothing could only aspire to. There are few things more attractive than a healthy-looking guy, my guys.

November, 2017

H i s P r e r o g at i v e

Grown Alchemist Deep Cleansing Masque

Acqua di Parma Colonia Pura

Infused with cranberry seed and ginkgo, this mask is

throughout the day without appearing too obvious.

specifically formulated to firm skim and reduce the

Perfect for the cooler months, the bergamot and

production of excess sebum oils. This prevents the

orange notes layered above the spicier coriander

clogging of pores and the appearance of blemishes.

make it a friendly and approachable scent, a

After use, moisturize thoroughly to bring out the

nice departure from the aggressive scents we

natural radiance of your skin (don’t let the word

often encounter from fellow men during holiday

“radiance” scare you, guys).

celebrations. A feel-good scent, this fragrance alone

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should add a confident pep to your step.

Kiehl’s Razor Bump Relief and prevent unsightly razor bumps, razor burn and

North Skull London Insignia Curb Necklace

(shudder) ingrown hairs. Use twice a day if you’re

Add a subtle embellishment to your outfits with

prone to any of the aforementioned conditions.

a gold necklace and matching pendant. A good

The formula also provides very mild exfoliation to

signature jewelry piece ties your seasonal looks

improve the appearance of your skin over time. Did

together and keeps you from trying to pick jewelry

I say this was only for your face? Use this anywhere

out every day. Simply slip the same piece on every

you’re prone to razor irritation. It’s ok, I won’t tell.

morning for a consistently refined look.

Retain the smoothness of your freshly shaved face

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The Mix Tape Remember when you would create a mix tape for a significant other to listen to? We need to get back to that, but share the music that we love with everyone around us. In this digital age, sharing a song from iTunes or YouTube is really just a click away—and nothing bonds people the way that music does. So, create your playlists and make sure to share them with your friends. Need some new music to listen to? Check out our playlists on Spotify under TheCityMagazine.

Turning Pages Ok—so we might be plugging our own stuff here again, but it’s because we’ve got good stuff going on that’s “in.” With that said, joining a book club is very in right now. A lot of major companies and celebrities have taken it upon themselves to start book clubs, using social media to gather and talk about the pick of the month. We’ll help you out with this with our Off the Shelf book club. We’ve got five great books that you should get your hands on—so what are you waiting for? (insert page number)

Thank You’s Sending a thank you card is not a thing of the past. Whether you had a great meeting with someone, received a gift or were a guest to a party, sending a hand-written thank you note is a great gesture. Think about how great you would feel if someone left one for you (as they should).


November, 2017





Twinning With Bae

We get it—you’re in a relationship. Unless you’re attending a wedding or other formal event, you and your boo do not need to be matching your outfits. It does not look cute when you’re

walking down the street looking exactly like your significant other. Stop doing it.

Ill-Crafted Photos I am here for all of the food photos and pet photos that you want to

Typical Décor

post. I’m not here for blurry photos on social media, or badly framed

For those of you that like to decorate your home according to

snapshots of your life. The cameras in our phones are such a great

season or holiday, we support you. We don’t, however, support

quality that there is no excuse for posting horrible pictures on your

you using the same cliché fall décor that you’ve had for five

social media. Once it’s on the internet, it’s out there for the world to

years. It’s time to switch things up and throw out the fake leaves

look at. So, take your time, stage it if you have to and put some effort

and fall-inspired embroidered pillows. Instead, try to create a

into the photos that you’re taking. You’ll get more likes and your family

cozy environment using orange and brown hues. Your guests

will even be convinced that everything is well in your life.

will definitely enjoy that look better.


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On a Musical



November, 2017

On a Musical Journey


he video begins with the slow and

Photo by Jessica Salazar





delicate strumming of a guitar along with

impact and its power to make him and

the opening lyrics of “Paint the Road”

others feel, Jethro chose music as

by Sierra Blanca. A panning shot then

his outlet and spent hours writing and

showcases Nashville’s cold and gloomy

pushing the limits of his creativity.

skyline as Jethro Gaglione uses his unique

perspective and soulful pipes to capture not

only his art, but his intimate journey from his

new home in Tennessee to his old home in Texas.

Like any artist or musician, Jethro Gaglione’s story begins a bit unconventionally. For the early part of his life, Jethro lived in Mexico with his family, who were part of a missionary group. While living there, Jethro made his musical debut on the keyboards where he played every night with the community’s worship group. He later carried his musical talents with him after moving to El Paso when he was 14-years-old.

I didn’t know a lot of people and was still getting used to living in a different culture, so I spent a lot of time just writing and recording in my room.” 83

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Subscribing as what Jethro best describes as soul, indie and folk, Jethro continued making music after graduating from The University of Texas at El Paso and working briefly as a physics teacher in Midland. Now at 28, Jethro has made a home in Nashville and has become a dynamic artist—taking on all the instrumental and vocal roles during his studio recordings as his band, Sierra Blanca. His success as an artist is deeply inspired by his relationships and the roots he grew while living in El Paso. He explains a lot of his influences were artists that were introduced to him by his friends and bandmates. “I picked up a lot of my skills as a musician from playing in metal/hardcore bands around town in the earlier days. I would probably be a pretty different person if it weren’t for my involvement in music in El Paso.” Photo by Jessica Salazar


November, 2017 For Jethro, coming back and creating this video was an ode to his past life, the connections he has made along the way and growing up. “In a way, I want to paint a connection between the two different worlds that are the Nashville and El Paso music scene and my love for the two cities, but most of all it’s meaningful to me because it represents family,






relationships going when life changes.” In capturing this phase of his life, Jethro sought help from his friends and family who he had previously collaborated with in both Nashville and El Paso. Visually, Jethro scouted his favorite places and encapsulated each city and its people. In the six-minute clip, landscape scenes, traffic shots and multiple smiling faces are shared as Jethro makes stops in Memphis, Dallas, Austin and ultimately El Paso. Viewers are then welcomed to the warm sights of Jethro’s family before singing one last rendition of his song at Dave’s Pawn Shop in downtown El Paso. “I definitely wanted to start in Nashville and end in El Paso. I guess because Nashville is obviously a huge and wonderful part of life for me right now, but El Paso is still home and where it all started … I have a lot of

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Hear it | By: KRYSTA AYERS |


he best way to listen to music is live—don’t argue. There’s no

better feeling than being in the same atmosphere surrounded by people all there for the same reason, listening to your favorite band (or discovering a new one). It’s one of those community experiences that provides a rush as well as a special bonding moment. You get to hear what the band really sounds like when you’re watching them live.

You also get to experience their stage presence, killer dance moves or

not. If you didn’t already know, El Paso has an abundance of live music

venues that you can catch a show at. Aside from The Plaza Theatre and

the Abraham Chavez Theatre, El Paso has smaller local venues to hear great tunes. Whether it’s someone local or an out-of-town band, these places host many great artists that you have to see and hear for yourself.


November, 2017

Hear it Live

The Lowbrow Palace Aside from maybe one other venue, this is probably the most well-known when it comes to catching a show. With its stickerfilled walls and intimate atmosphere, watching a show here is an experience. From local acts, traveling bands and bigger ticket shows, this venue pretty much hosts a variety of artists. Maybe you were lucky enough to catch The Killers when they played a surprise show a couple of years ago. If not, you can still head over on any day of the week and see someone new. This place is definitely for you if you have an open ear and are willing to discover something new.

Tricky Falls Another popular event venue, Tricky Falls has been around for a while. You can catch a lot of great artists here, a lot of them local too. The likes of Toro y Moi, Iration, At the Drive In, Taking Back Sunday and tons more have played on the Tricky Falls stage. It holds a lot more people than some of the other venues around town, so you can find yourself amongst a larger crowd yelling out the lyrics to whatever band you’re watching. The space is more open than most and also has a VIP balcony to watch from. There’s also a smaller stage, The Perch at Tricky Falls, upstairs from it. Located inside a historic building in downtown, Tricky Falls is a really cool place to catch a show at.

Five Points Bistro “Good food, rhythm and booze.” Catch some local talent in the huge, relaxed patio of 5 Points Bistro. Named appropriately for being located in the Five Points neighborhood, this cool venue is centrally located and easily attracts people from all over El Paso. From DJ’s to country to classic rock, you can find yourself listening to a variety of music at any given time. Catch local bands there almost every weekend like, Rockabilly Strangers, Whiskey Tree, Dusty Low and more.


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Also in central, in the Five Points area, you can find this hidden gem, Love Buzz. You can get yourself some great drinks and relax while listening to great music. It’s a very intimate place to watch shows, especially since crowds can get pretty big. Take that as a sign that the talent they’re bringing (and the talent in El Paso, period) is really good. This is

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another venue where you can hang out and discover a new band each time. Catch local favorites like Great Shapes, Kikimora, Sleepspent and more.


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Neon Rose Previously known as Boomtown, this new venue is a great place to catch a show. You can catch music inside or outside on their large patio. Another more relaxed environment, the inside does provide a more intimate experience in a tight space. Discover and support emerging local artists with shows almost every weekend. This is a great place to let loose and entertain your ears with something new.


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Doggy Blessings


n an early Saturday morning






Perla Galindo and her pet,

ceremony, stood before the shrine

Gizmo, arrive to the Chamizal

exuding tranquility through each

National Memorial to attend a ‘Pet

prayer. Some owners, gently stroking

Blessing’ held by Chenrezig Tibetan

their pets, continued to recite and

Buddhist Cultural Center. A public

listen to the prayers.


ceremony led by board of directors, Teresa Gomez, Raul Ruiz and Kien

“For all the joy he brought me in this

Lim, welcomed all pets and their

life, my dog is deserving of a blessed

owners in a blessing towards animal

afterlife,” says Perla as she looked

spiritual liberation.

down at Gizmo.

“I invite you to enjoy and love your

The mantras, spiritual and powerful,

pets as much as you can. Doing [the

hold a weight of meaning. It is said

pet blessings] ensures them of a better

that if you recite this mantra, your

rebirth in their next life,” says Raul

By reciting the mantras to the

pets won’t be reborn in lower realms

Ruiz who led prayers in the pet

pets and sprinkling water on their

for their next life. The realms are a

hands, Raul explained that they are

part of the Buddhist belief that state

welcomed to a new, higher realm

ten conditions of life in which beings

The altar, which stood in the

towards rebirth in their next life. The

could be subject to, including higher

center of the pet owners and

water that trickled down each pet’s

and lower conditions or experiences.

leaders, displayed two white

furry head welcomed them towards

These mantras may be used on

candles, a Buddhist statue,

their Buddhist blessing.

humans and your furry friends.


prayer flags and a vase of flowers that sat over a vibrant


altar cloth. Beside it stood

“Dedication of Merit” and “Bodhicitta,”

four water vessels which

Raul reminded owners to refrain from

would be used to bless the pets.

As Teresa guided the pet owners to





attachment to animals. By enjoying, loving, caring and blessing them, you guide them towards a higher rebirth.

walk around the altar three times, Raul recited a Buddhist prayer as Kien spun the prayer wheel. Perla, who guided Gizmo, smiled as she looked down at him in gratification to the ceremony.


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Pictured: Will Dougherty, Candice Reyes, Joe Spinelli, Charlie Dougherty and Abel Mireles

Candice Reyes | By: DENISE NELSON-PRIETO |

Live at Minton’s Jazz Club in Harlem, NYC


November, 2017


andice Reyes doesn’t see the

She is the vocalist for the Candice Reyes

“This is the area to be, as far as the jazz

point of pursuing something that’s easily

Quintet (CRQ), which is now based in

scene is concerned,” she said. “There is a

attained. She’s dedicated her life to finding that

Hawthorne, New Jersey. The band originated

wide range of different musicians from all

which is long-lasting, fulfilling and meaningful—

in El Paso, Candice’s hometown. She and

over the country and we’re all striving for the

jazz music has been the perfect

husband, saxophone player and bandmate

same thing. It’s amazing to be out here, but

sonic backdrop for that quest.

Abel Mireles, moved east about two years

it’s not an easy move to a bigger pond of fish

ago for him to pursue a master’s degree.

that are all trying to eat the same food.”

For her, the art form offers freedom of

Now, the couple is firmly embedded in the

expression, and a way to sublimate her inner

Jersey music scene, which for Candice has

Candice has had to step up her hustle and

emotional life into a masterpiece for the

been a lightning rod of creativity.

really take her networking prowess to the next level. She and Abel have benefitted from

world to imbibe The Hanks High School graduate and UTEP

the enormous amount of “jam sessions”

“I write my music for the world,” she

alumnus said the New Jersey/New York

that happen all over the area, which seem to

revealed. “I want to write music that’s going

scene is abuzz with a variety of artists and

bridge the gaps between generations, talent

to change the world and I have to believe

therefore, more opportunities.

and experience. The sessions have been a

that can happen.”


way wellspring of creativity and opportunities

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where are they now?

for Candice. She also credits them with a

For Candice, the essence and true spirit of

way to perpetuate the cycle of inspiration,

what she needs to convey can only really

as older, more experienced players rub

be expressed through the art form of jazz.

shoulders with their younger counterparts.

The challenge of mastering the form and structure of jazz songs is also appealing to

“Sometimes at jams some pretty heavy cats

the songstress. She explains:

will come through,” she said. “You’ll be at a session and all of sudden Ron Carter, who

“After you play the song through . . . it opens

played with John Coltrane and other really

up for solos and improv. It’s challenging and

big names in jazz, will come through.”

can be a very scary thing. But it’s liberating and I know my voice is coming out and I’m

When she’s not playing, writing or recording


expressing my interpretation of it.”

music, Candice devotes her time as the Artist Relations and Community Concert

That expression can be heard on the tracks

Coordinator for the non-profit endeavor,

of Candice’s upcoming album, “Your Way,”

Jazz House Kids, an educational mentorship

due out next year. Some of her original

program that aims to teach children ages

compositions, as well as some of her

8—18 how to play and appreciate jazz music.

husband’s arrangements, will be on the record. While she won’t reveal any details,

For Candice, the experience she’s gaining

Candice hinted the album may have some

in her job is exponentially compounded by

“really special guests” on it. Her hope is to

the amount of talent she’s surrounded by.

drop the album and subsequently strike out

She works alongside acclaimed jazz vocalist,

on a Southwest/West Coast tour.

Jazz House Kids founder, Melissa Walker. She is the wife of renowned bass player and

The band will initiate a Kick Starter fund to

five-time Grammy Award-winner Christian

offset recording costs for the album.

El Paso’s


McBride. He serves as a board member and artistic chair for the organization.

This will be her second album. The first, “Crossing Over,” was released in 2014 and

Candice’s decision to pursue music was

recorded at UTEP, where Candice was a

almost inevitable. Her musical parents, who

Commercial Music student. She recorded

were both in the local salsa band Azucar,

it under local jazz great Billy Townes’ label,

encouraged her interest in music and

Shade Records.

we’ll see you today

presented opportunities for her to sing at some of their gigs.

Candice’s motivation and excitement for her craft are infectious. She is the creator of her

Her attraction to jazz started at a young age.

own life and driven to gift the world with her

While other girls her age were listening to

exceptional talent, drive and determination.


Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears, she was listening to “The First Lady of Song,”

For more information on the CRQ, you can

jazz legend, Ella Fitzgerald.


“My biggest idol was Ella Fitzgerald. I could really relate to her style,” she remembered. “I would listen to her tapes in my room and rewind them over and over to learn her songs.”

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For a different type of inspiration, there are

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place in Santa Fe. A month of Sundays would

towards a spiritual experience and, if this is

not suffice if you wanted to visit them all

the case, the city offers prayerful recollection

so I suggest you do some pre-arrival online

Neither the Museum of International Folk

at Loretto Chapel, the Cathedral Basilica of

research to narrow your choices.

Art, nor El Rancho de las Golondrinas are



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St. Francis of Assisi and the San Miguel Mission adobe church. Beautifully preserved,

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consider the Indian Arts & Culture/Laboratory

The State sponsored Museum, located on 99

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ou may have seen it on Instagram or Facebook—those athletes or hardcore gym addicts that line up all their Tupperware full of

meals on the counter, snap a pic, and hashtag it #MealPrepSunday or #Gainz or #FoodPrepGoals, etc. You may think to yourself,

“Only professional body builders or cross-fit athletes have the time and drive to do that,” but you may be surprised at how easy and

beneficial it can be for you as well. Thing is, you don’t have to prep 42 meals for the week like athletes that are eating six meals a day. Simply prepping your hardest meal of the day (for most people, that’s lunch) can set you on the right track to reach results you want.

Bust Your Excuses! Excuse 1: I don’t have the time

Excuse 2: I don’t know what to buy

Some people may say they don’t have hours to cook in the kitchen,

Start grocery shopping with specific meals in mind. All the hard

but if you can set aside at least an hour to two hours max on a

work of meal prep really goes into the planning, not the cooking.

Saturday or Sunday to prep a few meals for the week ahead, it will

Look at your schedule for the week ahead and determine how many

actually help save you time in the long run. When you have to run

meals you’ll really need. Once you’ve decided how many meals,

out of the office for lunch and try to find a place to serve you within

think about what you really enjoy eating. Then look up healthier

your time frame, it can lead to bad lunch decisions because you’re

versions of those dishes on Pinterest or Google. Try to make the

trying to get something fast and on-the-go.

recipes easier than normal so you don’t have to work too hard in the kitchen.

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A few tips on choosing recipes—choose recipes that use the same ingredients so you can cook a bunch of chicken for a few different recipes. Try changing up the meats every other day while keeping the side dishes the same. For example: beef and brown rice one day, the next day chicken and brown rice. That way, it’s less prep on the side dishes.

Excuse 3: I get distracted The best way to make sure you get your meal prep done is to start cooking right after you shop. A lot of people go shopping full of ambition for their healthy meals, but then store all the ingredients in the fridge and go do something else. Often the food you bought then goes to waste and you start to dread any prep altogether. Work efficiently by carving a time out of your schedule to shop, prep, cook and store all at once.

Excuse 4: I don’t have a microwave at work When you’re planning your meals, it’s important to consider the resources in your work environment. If you have a microwave, great—you can bring just about anything in a microwave safe Tupperware container. If you don’t have a microwave, there are still plenty of other options out there such as cold salads, sandwiches, stir-fries and simple finger foods. At the end of the day, the best way to learn is by simply doing it. If you get a plan, a few containers and a lunchbox or meal prep carrier to keep food cold, you’ve got what it takes to give meal prepping a try. You may be surprised by your results!



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Eats with

Richard Dayoub | By: ELAINE GORDON |

Richard Dayoub is the president and CEO of the El Paso Chamber of Commerce. In his tenure, he has served on

numerous local, state and international groups and committees. Since joining the El Paso Chamber in 2003, Richard has supported the efforts of many communityfocused entities such as The Collaborative for Academic Excellence, Child Crisis Center, Junior Achievements, Big Brothers Big Sisters and El Paso Child Guidance Center. Richard’s work with El Paso’s local military community earned him the Fort Bliss Citizen of the Year Award in 2009 and inducted him into the Fort Bliss Hall of Fame in 2013. In recent years, Richard


has held many leadership roles in numerous organizations. He

There are only six basic ingredients for my recipe, plus pita bread. If

attended the University of Texas at El Paso majoring in Speech

you prefer, you may want to play around with adding different flavors

and Theatre Studies and recently returned to complete his work

until you get it just right to your taste.

in Interdisciplinary Studies. Richard was also honored by the League of Women Voters as their 2017 Lifetime Achievement

I recommend that you make several batches of my “Hangry Hummus”

Award recipient. In addition to being an Air Force veteran and

depending on how much you would like to make. “Hangry Hummus”

serving two tours in Vietnam, he is married and has four children

is the go-to food when hunger strikes. It regulates your blood sugar

and one grandchild.

and helps alleviate the irritable, angry, hunger feeling when we start to get hungry. The best news of all is that this recipe is extremely

Richard Dayoub’s “HANGRY HUMMUS”

healthy and loaded with lots of nutrients and protein.

(Hungry and Angry when low blood sugar strikes!) For each individual batch, you can use one can of garbanzo beans. Ingredients:

Pour beans into a blender and include the water that is in the can. Add

1 can of Bush’s brand garbanzo beans. (The regular can,

one whole lemon—cut in half and squeeze using a strainer or lemon

not the reduced sodium.)

mesh sleeve to prevent the seeds from getting into the mixture. Then

1 whole lemon

add one or more garlic cloves depending upon how much garlic you

1 garlic clove, more to taste

prefer. Blend well, then add the extra virgin olive oil, tahini and use the

1/4 cup of olive oil (cold pressed extra virgin.)

parsley last for a touch of flavor and a bit of color on top.

2 tablespoons of tahini 1/4 cup of chopped parsley, washed

This makes one batch of “Hangry Hummus.” You can also pour

1 package of pita bread

the hummus into a storage container, then taste with pita bread to determine whether you would like to add more condiments to adjust the flavors to your taste. Do not add any salt and pepper or any other ingredients when done. Now it is ready to serve. I find it tastes best


after a few hours of refrigeration. Serve with warm pita bread.

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PUMPKIN F MAC & CHEESE with fried garlic panko

all season without pumpkin is a season I don’t want to live in. Like it or not, it’s the quintessential flavor, scent, color, vibe and feeling that seems to drape over the city like an Instagram filter. I wish I knew why, but I used to fight it. I

thought pumpkin spice flavored anything was some sort of artificial sweetener to a true fall season. My people, I’ve seen the light. It’s fantastic, it’s appropriate, and I can wholeheartedly say it’s here to stay. I’ve decided to take the best part of autumn and mix it with the best thing in life, which is cheese in case you were wondering. We’re going to make pumpkin mac n’ cheese, it’s a great dish to


Chef’s tip

1 box rigatoni 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 tablespoons flour 2 1/2 cups whole milk 3/4 can pumpkin purée 1 cup shredded extra sharp cheddar

Always use 3 cheeses - Make sure one is stinky

topping it with toasted panko that’s tossed with fried garlic, whether they like mac or not, they won’t be able to deny its sheer beauty. On top of pumpkin season, it’s the season for giving and being thankful. I’m thankful for the opportunity to share food and ideas with my friends, my family and the readers of The City Magazine.

For the mac & cheese: 1.

In a large pot, bring 5 cups of water, heavy pinch of salt and glug of oil to a boil, add your rigatoni and cook

1 cup shredded smoked gruyére 2 tablespoons chipotle hot sauce

show up to a party with, especially a family gathering. Visually, we’re

according to directions on box. Drain and return to pot and cover. 2.

While water boils, in a shallow medium saucepan,

3/4 cup grated parmesan

melt your butter on medium heat until foamy.

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

Continually whisk to evenly distribute. Cook 2 minutes

Once warmed through and foaming, add your flour. to release chalky flour taste.

1 tablespoon sour cream


smooth out any clumps so your sauce is smooth

1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Slowly whisk in your milk, it’s crucial to break up and and creamy. After all the milk is added and evenly incorporated, add the pumpkin purée and mix well.


Remove from heat, add your three cheeses, salt,

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

pepper, garlic powder, nutmeg, onion powder, sour

1 teaspoon garlic powder

Return to stove on low heat if needed to finish melting.

cream, and hot sauce. Mix well until cheese is melted. 5.

Once cheese is melted, combine with cooked noodles,

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

then separate into individual baking dishes, top with

1 large clove garlic, minced

until cheese is melted, browned and bubbly on top.

5 sage leaves, large 1 cup panko

extra shredded cheddar and broil for 3-5 minutes or 6.

finely sliced sage.

For the garlic fried panko: 1.

CHop it like it’s hot

watch us cook this recipe on our YouTube!

Remove from oven, top with garlic friend panko and

Warm olive oil on medium high heat, add garlic and cook until lightly browned.


Add your panko and a heavy pinch of salt to garlic, stir until combined. Cook together while stirring until panko toasts and becomes a light brown color (4-5 minutes) quickly remove from heat to stop cooking and set aside.


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TIME YOUR SKIN PEELS PROPERLY Chemical peels are generally more common in the winter months, because people spend less time outdoors. In the summer, a skin peel can make your face sensitive or irritated for normal outside activities. But in cold weather, we’re generally in the sun for shorter amounts of time. The SkinMedica Chemical Peel is available in three different levels: The Superficial Event peel, which provides radiant skin for next-day activities; The Medium Skin Imperfection peel for age spots, mild acne, and hyper pigmentation; and The Vitalize Peel for severe skin imperfections, acne scarring, and moderate lines or wrinkles. Microlaser peels can be superficial or deep, improving skin texture, pore size, and age spots. The deeper the treatment, the greater amount of collagen is produced. Follow your laser treatment with a HydraFacial to see the biggest difference.

SEE THE LIGHT WITH A PHOTOFACIAL BBL, or broad band light, is perfect for effectively treating sun spots and redness left over from your summertime activities. Plus, there isn’t any downtime after the procedure. PhotoFacials are also effective at reducing the appearance of large pores, while plumping collagen fibers throughout the face. Get maximum effects by combining your BBL procedure with a HydraFacial or micro-needling once a month throughout the season. 108

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A PicoFacial is another type of light therapy that improves sun damage and reduces the appearance of age spots/freckling for a more even, smoother winter skin tone. Some people find that it also helps with fine lines and acne scars. However, you need to plan ahead so that you can spend a couple of days recovering from any irritation before heading back to the office. Combining PicoFacials with cryotherapy can make the process more comfortable.

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Steve Miller Band

“Take the Money and Run” In Steve Miller Band’s 1976 classic, young lovers Billie Joe and Bobby Sue decide to break the monotony of getting high and watching TV with an ill-fated trip to El Paso. Upon their arrival, Billy Joe shoots a man while robbing his castle—what a hassle— and Bobbie Sue, true to the song’s title, takes the money and runs. With Texas Detective Billy Mack hot in pursuit, the duo makes a break south for the border where they’re still running today, some 41 years later.

Talking Heads “Cities (Live)”

An outtake from Talking Heads’ concert film “Stop Making Sense,” “Cities” finds David Byrne in search of a city … a city to live in, from the dark, dark daytime of London and the rich people, plentiful ghosts and—look over there!—dry ice factory of Birmingham. “Down El Paso way things get pretty spread out,” David sings, “People got no idea where in the world they are. They go up north and come back south, still

got no idea where in the world they are.”


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Johnny Cash “Wanted Man”

The Man in Black performs this track—written with Bob Dylan at Johnny Cash’s Nashville home just one week prior—on the seminal “Live at San Quentin.” In it, Johnny lists the cities in which he’s wanted—California, Buffalo, Kansas City, Ohio, Mississippi, ol’ Cheyenne—not by the law, but by Lucy Watson, Jeannie Brown, Nellie Johnson and, surely, other women in other towns. “I got sidetracked in El Paso, stopped to get myself a map, went the wrong way in Juárez with Juanita on my lap,” Johnny sings, met by a raucous jailhouse cheer.

Delbert McClinton “Lone Star Blues”

Though George Strait’s version may be better known, it was actually Delbert McClinton who had the blues all over the Republic of Texas, but his time out west was particularly rough. “At a truck stop in San Angelo, I saw a billboard ‘bout this rodeo,” he sings. “Last weekend out in El Paso, so I signed up to ride. I drew a bull called Original Sin, heard he’d killed a couple of men. Figured this was somethin’ I could win, ‘cause the devil’s on my side.” He doesn’t, as you’d imagine, win. Instead, “I was havin’ myself one hell of a ride, when I, I ended up disqualified, ’cause that danged old bull just up and died before they blew the whistle.” Tough break.


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The Mountain Goats

“The Legend of Chavo Guerrero” “Born down in El Paso where the tumbleweeds blow / To the middleweight champ of all of Mexico / Dad fought many bloody battles and raised four sons / Chavo was the oldest one,” begins this cut from The Mountain Goats’ “Beat the Champ.” It details hyperliterate songwriter John Darnielle’s lifelong support of the El Paso-born, third-generation wrestler. “He was my hero back when I was a kid,” John sings, “You let me down but Chavo never once did.”

Emo-rock mainstay Taking Back Sunday and Austin freak-country act The Gourds each have songs titled “El Paso.”The former makes regular stops in town, always including it in their setlist, and the city gets a mention in Lyle Lovett’s “I’ve Been to Memphis,” Tori Amos’ “Mother Revolution,” Cursive’s “What Have I Done,” Sun Kil Moon’s “Third and Seneca,” Ronnie Dunn’s “How Far to Waco,” Los Tigres Del Norte’s “La Banda Del Carro Rojo,” and Trace Adkins’ “Let’s Ride.”

Let Your Beauty Come Through

A special mention also goes out to El Paso’s very own Lower Valley Tres; perhaps no other song here shows as much love for the city as the Chuco Town OG’s, “I Love My City.”

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El Paso Rhinos

Lucha Libre

::: November 3

8:00 p.m. El Paso County Coliseum Enjoy a night out with some traditional lucha libre fighting. This is fun for the entire family. Admission: $5+ Info:

::: November 4

El Paso County Events Center Cheer on the El Paso Rhinos for this year’s season of hockey. November 4 v. Roughriders @ 7 p.m. November 5 v. Roughriders @ 4:30 p.m. November 22 v. Express @ 7 p.m. November 24 v. Express @7 p.m. November 25 v. Express @ 7 p.m.

Amanda y Diego ::: November 9

8:30 p.m. The Plaza Theatre Named as the most romantic couple of all time, the songs of Amanda y Diego will take you back in time. Admission: $44 Info:

Admission: $5 Info:



Downtown Arts and Farmers Market ::: November 4-25

9:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m. Union Plaza Get your fill of locally grown food, artisan soaps, crafts and more. Admission: free Info:


Heroes vs. Villains Bar Crawl ::: November 4

6:00 p.m. Blackbird Cantina Deluxe Visit different bars around the downtown area and drink specially made hero and villain drinks. Admission: $10-17 Info:

9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Wigwam Museum Join this two-hour walking tour of the historic and haunted streets of downtown El Paso. Bring your cameras! Admission: $15 Info:


8:00 p.m. The Plaza Theatre Follow the journey of Berry Gordy, the man responsible for launching careers such as Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. Admission: $30 Info:



Downtown El Paso Ghost Tour ::: November 4

Motown the Musical ::: November 10,11

Paul Anka

::: November 5

7:00 p.m. Abraham Chavez Theatre Playing classics like “Puppy Love” and “Hold Me ‘Til the Morning Comes” Paul Anka’s concert will be where you want to be. Admission: $49 Info:

Franklin Mountains Trail Run ::: November 10

7:00 p.m. Franklin Mountains State Park—Tom Mays Unit This is a True Texas Mountain Race on the Franklin Mountains. Get outside and get moving! Admission: $75 Info:

November, 2017



Manchester Orchestra ::: November 18

Jacob Banks

::: November 13

8:00 p.m. The Lowbrow Palace Come enjoy the groovy and soulful sounds of the talented Jacob Banks. Admission: $13-15 Info:


8:00 p.m. Speaking Rock Entretainment Center Enjoy a free concert with this indie rock band originally from Atlanta, Georgia. Admission: free Info:


MC Magic, Baby Bash and Lil Rob ::: November 25

7:00 p.m. The Plaza Theatre Reserve your seats early for this special flashback performance with hits like “Sexy Lady” and “Summer Nights”. Admission: $45 Info:



::: November 17

9:00 p.m. Buchanan’s Event Center Disco Donnie Presents and SMG Events bring El Paso the electric sounds of Deorro. Admission: $32 Info:


Reik Tour Des/Amor ::: November 18

9:00 p.m. Abraham Chavez Theatre As one of the most recognized bands in Latin America, the band is back in El Paso to give another great performance. Admission: $50 Info:


::: November 29

7:00 p.m. Tricky Falls Disco Donnie Presents brings you Snails, the DJ sure to get everyone dancing at Tricky Falls. Admission: $21 Info:


Burlesque on the Rio ::: November 18

8:00 p.m. Touch Bar and Nightclub Keeping burlesque alive, come witness the fun from local and out of town talent. There will also be live music from the Sam Barlow Band. Admission: $15 Info:

Billy the Kid Breakout Show ::: November 19

1:00 p.m. Old El Paso County Jail The “Pistoleros De San Elizario” present a reenactment show of Billy the Kid during the monthly Mission Trail Art Market. Admission: Free Info:

Lindsey Stirling

::: November 29

8:00 p.m. Abraham Chavez Theatre Don’t miss this spectacular one-of-a-kind show from classically-trained violinist, dancer, electronic music lover and internet sensation. Admission: $40 Info:




Grand Opening SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 | Photographed by JOHN HORTA


6th Anniversary Party SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 | at THE VENUE | Photographed by JESSE MAYNES


Make a Wish El Paso

Wish Night



12th Annual Friends of FEMAP

International Gala SEPTEMBER 29, 2017 | at GRACE GARDENS | Photographed by JOHN HORTA


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client appreciation night OCTOBER 12, 2017 | at JERUSALEM GRILL | Photographed by JOHN HORTA


Insco Golf Tournament

to benefit Make a Wish El Paso OCTOBER 12, 2017 | at BUTTERFIELD TRAIL GOLF CLUB | Photographed by JESSE MAYNES





Sun City Orthopaedic & Hand Surgery Specialists

UTEP Homecoming Tailgate Party OCTOBER 7, 2017 | Photographed by JOHN HORTA


Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce

Tote Couture Fashion Show OCTOBER 7, 2017 | at EL PASO COMMUNITY COLLEGE | Photographed by JESSE MAYNES



Anson 11 $$-$$$

Park Tavern

303 N. Oregon St. Ste. 110 | (915) 504-6400

204 E. Mills Ave. | (915) 228-9050

Anson 11 is two exceptional dining experiences dedicated to the

From the same people that brought you 150 Sunset, Park Tavern is a

military man, the gentleman and the food connoisseur that was

new lunch and dining experience in downtown. With many options

Anson Mills. For a downtown dining experience like no other, Anson

available, from creamy chicken pasta to buttery fried fish, this new

11 is the restaurant to go to. PR, H

addition to the block is a welcoming place to satisfy your cravings.

The Downtowner $$

International $$

325 N. Kansas St. | (915) 532-5200

114 A. Mills Ave. | (915) 355-7281

Eat like a downtowner. Found on the ground floor of the Hotel

Grab a carefully crafted cocktail and meet us on El Paso’s first rooftop

Indigo, The Downtowner offers breakfast, lunch and dinner - the only

bar. We’re located in the heart of downtown, with views of San Jacinto

breakfast spot available in downtown El Paso. The restaurant delivers

Plaza, so join us for delicious food and drinks. We have everything

great American taste with a twist of our Southwest flair. Savor the

from crispy Brussels sprouts in bacon jam to a classic cheeseburger

amazing dishes offered on the menu and enjoy a cold and carefully

with agave-chipotle pickles. On Taco Tuesdays enjoy $2 tacos and

crafted cocktail while enjoying the gorgeous views of downtown.

drink specials and a newly added brunch menu for the weekend that


includes tasty El Paso-inspired dishes with a complimentary mimosa. Enjoy the big city feel right here in downtown. O, DF Prices: $ - Low Priced Patio/Outdoor Seating - O

$$ - Medium Range Dog Friendly- DF

$$$ - High Priced $$$$ - Exquisite Dining Party/Private Room - PR Happy Hour - H

To highlight your local restaurant in The City Local Eats email:


Mi Piaci





5411 N. Mesa, Suite 1 | (915) 875-0034

6232 N. Mesa St. | (915) 584-3621

Join Mi Piaci Ristorante Italiano for lunch or dinner with Chef/Owner

Winning Best Taco for Best of The City 2015 and Best Chips

Cosimo Baltaglia, who hails from Calabria, Italy, for the freshest

and Salsa in 2014, Avila’s has a savory Mexican menu that will

seafood, gourmet hand-cut Angus reserve steaks aged 21 days,

satisfy your cravings. We’re open for weekend breakfast, have

and gently homemade pasta from Italy. O

lunch specials available daily and a convenient pick-up window is accessible for family dinners on the go. PR

Jerusalem Grill $$

Westside’s 3rd Hole

5380 N. Mesa St. | (915) 500-4357

1035 Belvidere Suite 168 | (915) 584-5577

Jerusalem is a low-key eatery where you can find authentic gyros,

There’s no better place to relax and grab a bite to eat than W3H. Nominated

baba ghanoush, shish kababs and more. Their appetizer combo is

as El Paso’s best tacos, stop by today and see why we’re becoming El

complete with hummus, baba ghanoush, grape leaves, spanakopita

Paso’s go-to spot for catching a game and eating some good food. “We

and falafel. Your tastebuds will enjoy this retreat to an amazing

saved you a seat.” Now with NFL Sunday Ticket on all screens. O, H


array of dishes. Serving El Paso Authentic Italian Cuisine since 1948 • Private Party Room • Beer & Wine • Outside Dining • Live Music Thur. to Sat. • We cater large or small events

The State Line


1222 Sunland Park Dr. I (915) 581-3371 Enjoying delicious authentic BBQ from The State Line. Based on four principles: offer the highest quality smoked BBQ, provide generous portions at affordable prices, offer friendly table and bar services and celebrate the heritage of Texas. Come on by to enjoy!

Italian Kitchen West


450 Thorn Ave. | (915) 842-0775 Enjoy boundless savory Italian classics either at their outdoor Italian.Kitchen. Westpatio

or intimate and comfortable atmosphere Italian Kitchen West m is doling out classic pizzas, mouth-watering pastas with great wine pairs and Italian meat entrees. Stay local, but enjoy the cuisine from an ocean away. O, PR



The Kitchen

Mesa Street Grill $$$


150 Sunset | (915) 585-0801

3800 N Mesa St., Ste D1 | (915) 532-1881

Whether you’re looking for brunch, a quick lunch or a nice sit-down dinner

Mesa Street Grill introduces their newest dessert creation – the Pineapple

with views of El Paso’s sunsets, you will find all that you need at The

Crostata. This refreshing blend of pineapple, cinnamon and nutmeg is

Kitchen at 150 Sunset. Be sure to also check out our special wine dinners,

crowned with a cashew crumble and handmade sugar garnish. Taste this

with a specially curated menu and wine pairing. Come and treat yourself.

dessert once and it’s sure to become a summertime favorite. O, H, PR, H

P, H, DF, PR


Rulis International Kitchen


4176 N. Mesa St. | (915) 313-4806

Cattleman’s Steakhouse

Take a bite out of any of the delicious plates being served at Rulis’ $$$

3450 S. Fabens Carlsbad Rd. Fabens, TX 79838 | (915) 544-3200

International Kitchen. As winners of Best Beer Selection for Best of The City 2015, there’s also a good reason to stay and drink. On Sundays try their savory Paella dish or stop in for Happy Hour Mon.

This is a family-style restaurant located on a 46 square mile working

- Fri. 4 – 7 p.m and Th-Sat 9 – 11 p.m. O, H, PR, DF

ranch. Come savor our famous juicy steaks and mesquite-smoked BBQ while enjoying miles of desert scenery and spectacular sunsets! PR, O

King Crab $$$ 1700 N. Zaragoza Suite 154 | (915) 849-8697


Edge of Texas


8690 Edge of Texas St. | (915) 822-3343 You can’t get seafood like this anywhere else in El Paso. With Chef Pierre bringing his Cajun home-style cooking from New Orleans, the seafood

Located in the far east, this is definitely worth the drive! Eat the best steak

boils and dishes will leave your mouth watering for more. Fresh seafood

you’ve ever had and enjoy the saloon.

is brought in twice a week. Come in and try for yourself. PR, H

Infiniti of el paso 7200 Viscount blvd, El Paso, Tx 79925 (915) 775-5858

Infiniti QX30


Acura TLX Acura of el paso 7230 Viscount blvd, El Paso, Tx 79925 (915) 778-0044

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november Advertiser INDEX Adiuvare Healthcare.................................................... Pg. 136

Park Tavern.................................................................... Pg. 30

Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine....................... Pg. 33

Paso Del Norte Children’s Development Center........... Pg. 91

Casa Buenavista ....................................................... Pgs. 4, 5

Ray Borrego Real Estate Group................................... Pg. 105

CT Construction........................................................... Pg. 101

Sin Vodka................................................. Pgs. 17, Back Cover

Edge of Texas.............................................................. Pg. 101

Smallcakes..................................................................... Pg. 32

El Paso Rhinos............................................................... Pg. 10

Southwest Plastic Surgery.............................................. Pg. 9

Elyse Simons Beauty................................................... Pg. 113

Southwest University at El Paso............................... Pgs. 2, 3

Flavours Catering........................................................... Pg. 91

Southwest University Park.......................................... Pg. 131

Fox Auto Group........................................ Pg. 129 , Front Fold

Spectrum Technologies................................................. Pg. 45

GECU.................................................................... Inside Front

Stonewood Modern Grill................................... Pgs. 122, 123

Grace the Psychic Lady................................................. Pg. 90

Sugar Skull Fashion Boutique........................................ Pg. 44

Gusto Restaurant & Bar................................................. Pg. 19

Sun City Orthopaedic & Hand Surgery Specialists........ Pg. 97

Hal Marcus Gallery........................................................ Pg. 85

Sunland Park Alfa Romeo.............................................. Pg. 53

Hotel Indigo................................................................... Pg. 31

Table Occasions............................................................. Pg. 58

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino............... Pg. 11

The Hospitals of Providence.................................. Pgs. 13, 64

Intraceuticals................................................................. Pg. 59

The Italian Kitchen West................................................ Pg. 85

Jerusalem Grill............................................................... Pg. 57

The State Line............................................................... Pg. 84

KTSM News Channel 9............................................... Pg. 132

Vanities Jewelry & Gifts, Inc............................................ Pg. 1

Mattress Firm..............................................Inside Back Cover

Walgreens................................................................. Pgs. 6, 7

Mesa Street Grill............................................................ Pg. 39

Wyatt Underwood Trial Lawyers................................... Pg. 87

Mix/Milan Salon and Spa............................................. Pg. 133

Xpress Cleaning Professionals...................................... Pg. 23

Nicholas Reyes Hair Salon............................................. Pg. 27