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IN THIS ISSUE: SPORTS...104 TRAVEL...108 WINE...116
Unique Perspectives THIS IS PHOTOGRAPHY LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT
New Grant, New Work THE MCAD SPONSORS LOCAL ARTIST TO CREATE NEW WORK
Smells Like Fish Co. THIS SKATEBOARDING COMPANY IS TAKING ART IN A NEW DIRECTION
Film on the Mind EL PASO USES FILM TO TELL AN INTRIGUING STORY
By: VALERIA CONTRERAS
By: KAYLA MELSON
By: KRYSTA AYERS
By: LLOYD HAMILTON
Here and Now
Breaking the Mold THIS ACTRESS IS SHUTTING DOWN STEREOTYPES By: DENISE NELSON-PRIETO
Artist Spotlight WE’VE GOT OUR OWN “FUNNY GIRL”, JENI ROBINS By: JACQUELINE AGUIRRE
Where Are They Now? EL PASO’S OWN BANKSY IS PAINTING ALL OVER TOWN By: KRYSTA AYERS
August, 2017 Bariatric Patient
Candida Rodriguez lost
“I LOVE MY NEW SELF!” The Hospitals of Providence SURGICAL WEIGHT-LOSS PROGRAM
Candida Rodriguez loves her kids. But at 289 pounds she couldn’t
process, she gained so much more — the ability to run and play
run and play with them. With hypertension and pre-diabetes, she
with her children. “I am no longer on medication for hyperten-
lived in constant fear that her health would take her away from
sion or diabetes. I’m no longer at risk of dying young like my
her children — just like it happened to her own mother at a
mother,” said Candida. “The Hospitals of Providence was very
young age. “Getting healthy is a choice I had to make for me, so I
helpful in preparing me for a life change. I love my new self!”
can be healthy for my children,” said Candida. That’s when she turned to The Hospitals of Providence for help. The bariatric weight loss program at The Hospitals of Providence provided Candida with the support and resources she needed in
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order to lose weight and get healthy. This 13-week program treats both the physical and emotional sides of weight loss with services before and after surgery, including support groups, nutritional counseling, gym memberships and more. After her gastric bypass surgery, Candida lost 130 pounds. In the
www.thecitymagazineelp.com 13 Weight loss surgery is generally designed for those with a body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 40, or equal to or greater than 35 with serious co-morbidities. Weight loss surgery is considered safe, but like many types of surgery, it does have risks. Consult with your physician about the risks and benefits of weight loss surgery. Patient testimonials reflect results achieved by these patients. As each case must be independently evaluated and managed, actual weight loss will vary.
Grace The Psychic Lady
Michael C. Graham
his month we celebrate the lens of Marcos Fernandez, a uniquely talented photographer and the cover artist of the August issue. An image made of panoramic photographs stitched together add a depth and perspective
that I can only describe as photography with an amazing point of view. Being in the publishing world for many years, I have watched behind the scenes as photographers work their magic. This technique brings a new feel … a wow factor. Photographers’ lives are documented behind the lens, capturing life’s moments then sharing them with the world. The artists we’ve spotlighted this month range from photographers, muralists, to graphic designers and those in film like actress Yvette Yates. These are El Paso’s artists, who often march to the beat of a different drum. These artists share with us their talent that often takes years to cultivate. This is also the month to celebrate locally-owned businesses. These businesses are led by entrepreneurs who put their everything into their business. These business owners work longer hours than most, often carrying every job title available, hoping that you, their fellow El Pasoan, will support and appreciate their passion. These locally-owned businesses range from third generation to brand new businesses coming from a dream and wish for success. To them, we say thank you. They bring a uniqueness to our city, a quality that makes us stand out from the ordinary. We should all make conscious efforts to grace their doors before we grace the corporate-owned franchises; spending our money with the businesses that support our local teams, local beauty pageants and the future of the people in this city. Get to know their faces because they want to know yours. If you’ve not been to the El Paso Zoo in a while, it’s time! It’s grown to be one of most exciting treasures we have to offer in our city. Each month we bring you something exciting from the zoo. We have talked about the life of a baby monkey, introduced you to one of the oldest elephants in captivity, and this month, we want you to learn about an impressive breeding conservation program. We want you to learn about and love El Paso as we do. Enjoy the read.
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AUGUST 2017 | By: KRYSTA AYERS |
“The Dinner Party and Other Stories”
by Steve Rushin
by Joshua Ferris
In “Sting Ray Afternoons” we are transported back to the 1970s; the
The eleven stories included in “The Dinner Party” were first published
decade of Volkswagon cars, Bic pens, Led Zepplin and the Schwinn
in The New Yorker. They showcase a brilliant story-teller with a great
Sting-Ray bike. This memoir tells of central themes of family and
understanding of human characteristics. Each story conjures up the
growing up in the psychedelically vibrant landscape of the 70s. With
awkwardness and hilarious misunderstands we often face from day
humor, Rushin writes about his traveling salesman father, brother and
to day. In one story, we meet Arty, a Florida retiree whose birthday
sisterly love and what it was like before the age of technology had
party includes pizza and a prostitute. In another, we meet Jack, a man
kids growing up with tablets in their hands.
incapable of having a normal social interaction, even with the man he hires to help him move out of storage.
“We Are Never Meeting in Real Life” by Samantha Irby
“The Young Widowers Handbook” by Tom McAllister
“Sometimes you have to be tough even when life is a dumpster,” says comedy writer and blogger, Samantha Irby. In her new book of
When Hunter met Kaitlyn, it was the greatest, most unexpected
essays she humorously details her life, from growing up to becoming
thing that ever happened to him. He had not accomplished much in
an adult who doesn’t know how to budget her money correctly. She’s
life, compared to the success that Kaitlyn had, but with her he was
also trying to navigate life when all of her former drinking buddies
determined to be a better man. She was smart, kind and funny. Then
are now suburban moms driving mini-vans. You’ll be able to relate if
one day, she was gone. Hunter runs away, heading west with her
you’ve had some missteps in your life and can’t find the energy to
ashes by his side. They were supposed to travel together, but now
Hunter finds himself wrapped up in a life of adventure, odd jobs and
coping with his wife’s death.
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he process begins with a touch of a button. Click and flash. The rest becomes history, a
documentation of the photographer’s point
of view. From Marcos Fernandez’s perspective, El Paso becomes the setting of a fascinating world, full of vibrant colors and unique subjects as told by the lens. Marcos Fernandez is a long-time photographer and managing partner of Zephyr Works, a local photography and website development company. Born and raised in El Paso, Fernandez has been using his talent as a way to promote the city and help it grow. “It’s my hobby, my passion and my job. So it just works out that I can bring what I love to do so much into anything,” Fernandez said.
“I just want to photograph the world. I want
and anyone and all of the light possible
to photograph it all, as far as I can reach.”
and that’s great out here in the desert southwest,” Fernandez said.
Through his life-long experience behind the lens, Fernandez has created a breadth of
By observing the stars in Fernandez’s Milky
work that showcases his expertise with
Way, you’d be surprised to learn that these
the camera. From portraits to products,
photographs are not heavily edited at all.
to weddings and quinces, Fernandez has documented many moments and places in
“Everything is fairly straight off of the
camera, for the most part,” Fernandez said. “Except the 360 images, those are
Although Fernandez demonstrates an eye
completely rendered. Those are a matter of
for detail in all of his subjects, his series of
technical-know-how at the end of the day,
photographs of the Milky Way demonstrate a
knowing how to do 360 imagery.”
particular sophistication and appreciation for our southwest skies.
Along with his detailed depiction of the southwest sky, Fernandez also photographs
“I’ve always been a fanatic of the stars, the
iconic areas of El Paso and turns them into
solar system, stuff like that,” Fernandez said.
360 panoramic shots. Images of Downtown
“When I finally had enough knowledge to
El Paso and historic buildings such as La
know how to photograph the Milky Way, I
Hacienda, for example, are manipulated into
was like, “Yeah, let’s go try it.”
curved, stretched and vibrant landscapes full of color and energy.
In Fernandez’s work on the Milky Way, we can see the natural outline of a quiet night
“I use a fish eye lens to do the panoramics.
sky, accompanied by a splash of stars and
You stitch them together, with them all
light, reminding us that sometimes the best
bracketed together like a circle,” Fernandez
moments are found in silence.
said as he described the process.
In this world, Fernandez breathes new life into the historic building by emphasizing key
“I drive out, quite often actually, out to this
In the panoramic of the old La Hacienda
characteristics in the rendering of La Hacienda.
little spot way out there,” Fernandez said.
restaurant, located by Old Fort Bliss and the
For example, the wooden door, which has
“It’s low enough light pollution zone that you
Oñate Crossing, a piece of El Paso’s history
been distorted in size by the fish lens, attracts
can get a decent enough shot of the Milky
is reimagined as its own world. In the image,
the eye’s initial attention and prompts us to
Way. It’s about getting away from everything
the restaurant is stitched together into a circle,
analyze the image in a circular motion.
creating its own three-dimensional globe.
While taking a closer look at the door, we
Perhaps this open door serves, conceptually,
“I’ve been doing this for a lifetime. I do
see the iconic pink walls of the restaurant.
as an invitation to keep looking at the
it for the passion, I don’t do it always for
Our eyes then wander, moving clockwise,
the money,” Fernandez said. “If you’re
and find that the pink is interrupted by bright
Fernandez in this 360-panoramic shot. Or
looking for a photographer, you’re looking
shades of reds, oranges and purples, sparking
perhaps it’s an invitation to enter his own
for someone with a passion for it, who’s
a curiosity of what could possibly exist in the
world and see what else he may capture
interested in getting a great image—and isn’t
reimagined patio, before pulling us back to
through the lens.
worried about the rest.”
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Incubating Local Talent
Artists Receive Grants to Create New Work | By: KAYLA MELSON |
Photos courtesy of Adrian Lopez
I n c u b at i n g L o c a l Ta l e n t
“Christian Pardo Cardenas”
Photos courtesy of Zeke Peña
“Sandra de la Frontera” Two-time grant recipient, Zeke Peña put his
lank. Plain. Ordinary. Since its establishment in 2011, the program
funding towards creating two interconnected
That’s how many south-central El Paso
has helped dozens of local artists by awarding
residents would describe the geometric
up to $3,500 to each accepted applicant.
exterior of their local Clardy Fox Library—
Artists have the entire funding year, which
and the Rio Grande—through paintings,
until one day, a burst of color graced its walls.
ranges from September 1 to August 31, to
drawings, photography and videos. “It really
complete their paintings, murals, drawings,
encourages you and inspires you to make
films and other pieces.
good work,” Zeke, 34, says of receiving the
Artist and longtime neighborhood resident
funding. “Personally, it was really critical for
Adrian Lopez unveiled “Color Burst” in July
after spending nearly three weeks creating
“The Artist Incubator Program gave me the
the mural using funding from the Museums
opportunity to create new work and grow
and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD).
as an artist,” multidisciplinary artist Laura
Turon, another recipient of the program’s
interdisciplinary artist has displayed his work
in numerous exhibits across the region, and
“This award was … a blessing because it got
has even made appearances in national
a lot of things started and there were a lot of things that fell into place in a very good way,”
Laura, 29, used her allotted $3,500 to create
publications such as Vice and Remezcla. “I
“Paradox,” a mobile art display. Debuting
really feel like the grants are longer than just
the years that you get them in,” Zeke says,
Adrian, 29, received approximately $2,000
features Laura’s handiwork on its interior and
“the work continues to live and you have
from the department’s Artist Incubator
exterior—the inside is completely covered
other opportunities to show [it].”
Program, an initiative that aims to individually
with LED-illuminated paintings and drawings
help local artists. That money, along with
while a detailed blue mural adorns the
The native Las Crucen, who currently
paint donations and the help of more than 40
outside of the bus.
occupies himself with graphic novels and
other narrative work, hopes the program
volunteers, allowed the native El Pasoan to handcraft the bright, angular piece of art.
“I was very excited and motivated,” the
will expand to help other local talent. “It’s
“I didn’t make a whole lot of money out of
UTEP alumna says, remembering when she
a stepping stone for a lot of people,” Zeke
this,” Adrian says with a laugh, “I look at
first received her acceptance letter. “I had
says. “It’s a huge opportunity, especially in a
this as a gift to my neighborhood more than
been working on my project for a while and
community like El Paso where we have very
anything. But, in the long run, it is going to be
needed funding for [it].”
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The Artist Incubator Program is just one of five initiatives that falls under MCAD’s Cultural Funding Program, which helps financially support local art, music and culture. In fact, the city-run department, which oversees and operates many of the city’s museums, festivals and public art functions, is part of “the only municipality in Texas that grants money out to individual artists,” MCAD’s Cultural Development Coordinator Rebecca Munoz says. “It’s something very rare.” The Artist Incubator Program and other granting categories listed under the Cultural Funding Program—the Operating Support Program, Project Support Program, Community Arts Program, and KicksART Downtown— collectively account for 25 percent of MCAD’s entire operational budget. “It’s something that we’re very proud of here at MCAD–the ability to really support the growth of local artists … and the ability to fund new work,” Rebecca says. The five programs help fund artists, art education, arts and crafts shows, as well as popular attractions like El Paso Opera, Neon Desert Music Festival, Music Under the Stars, El Paso Marathon and more.
Thanks to increased community outreach efforts, applications for the
Photos courtesy of Lauran Turon, “Paradox”
Cultural Funding Program saw a 15 percent increase this year over last–a trend Rebecca hopes will continue. “We’re always seeking different ways to reach out to the local community and to get more local artists involved in our programs.” Anyone interested in applying for MCAD funding can visit http://mcad. elpasotexas.gov/arts-funding. 30
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FHT Explorers Law Enforcement Memorial Run Join the race on August 6 at Album Park to help benefit the Fort Hancock Explorer Post 881. The race will start bright and early at 7:30 a.m. Either walk a mile or participate in the 5K run and don’t forget to stay and see who the winners are.
4th Annual Homerun for the Homeless 5K and Kids Dash This race is part of the Up and Running Springfoot “More Than A Marathon” series. Starting at the Southwest University Park at 8:00 a.m. on August 12, this annual run will benefit and bring awareness to the less fortunate in the community. The first to register will receive a T-shirt and a ticket to a Chihuahua’s baseball game. Hurry and register at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
Forrest Leamon Memorial Run and Kids Fun Run In memory of Agent Forrest Leamon, this memorial run will take place on August 13 at the Braden Aboud Park. This also includes a fun run so that the kids can also get involved and have some fun. Sign up at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
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kateboarding is a culture and an art in itself. It comes with its own style of clothes, shoes, music, movement and language. Smells Like Fish Co. is no different. I met up with owners Gil Martinez and Myles Overstreet at their house/ studio and creative space. It is filled with art, largely local, and the company’s products, T-shirts, stickers and skateboard decks. There is even a room devoted to print, containing books, more art and vinyl records. This is the space of the creators of Smells Like Fish Co., the local skateboarding company rooted in community, environmental awareness and passion for art. The two owners are young, in their mid-twenties, and are very serious—and exude passion— about the work that they do. Having started in 2008, fresh out of high school, the two started with graffiti and graphic design, wanting to turn their vision into something tangible for their community. “Myles used to tag ‘Smells Like Fish’ everywhere and so we just stuck with the name,” shares Gil. Gil’s father also has an anchor tattooed on his arm, which contributed to the inspiration of the nautical theme that the brand has. www.thecitymagazineelp.com
S m e l l s L i k e F i s h C o.
photo by Myles Overstreet
SKATEBOARDING IS A CULTURE AND AN ART IN ITSELF. IT COMES WITH ITS OWN STYLE OF CLOTHES, SHOES, MUSIC, MOVEMENT AND LANGUAGE. SMELLS LIKE FISH CO. IS NO DIFFERENT. 38
S m e l l s L i k e F i s h C o.
Both agree that design matters. Gil spent four
space that skaters and creatives can go to.
Stacey Peralta did as the Z-boys in California
years in Los Angeles, the second location for
El Paso is not swimming in skate parks. Gil
during the 1970s, Gil and Myles are doing
the brand, where he studied graphic design
says, “The streets are skate parks.” They
with Smells Like Fish Co. in El Paso right now.
at the Art Institute of Los Angeles. Gil shows
take note of the architecture and share that
“With the brand I want everyone to be [and
me his portfolio; a lot of the designs are
they skate a lot around downtown.
feel] included,” Gil says. This inclusiveness has brought a community of skaters to
similar to the look he brings to the brand. It is heavily influenced by the psychedelic music
Their goal and message doesn’t end with
skating events they’ve hosted and has gotten
his father introduced him to and the graffiti
the art community. The brand is also bringing
the word out about their brand. On their
art that him and Myles started off with.
awareness to environmental issues. While
Instagram account, you can see their salmon
Some of their skateboard designs include
studying at the Art Institute in Los Angeles,
colored shirt with their newest design being
pop culture (Jane Birkin, David Bowie) and
Gil took an environmental science class with
sported by many of their supporters.
most comprise the hand-drawn nautical
professor Holly Hawk, who deeply inspired
art that both Gil and Myles create. Their
him and taught him the importance of
In five years, they hope to grow the
brand includes calling skaters “captain” and
keeping our oceans clean. A skateboard was
community, have a warehouse, have video
sayings like “gone fishing.” “We liked so
created in her honor that featured a picture of
premiers and tons of product and designs
many brands, we just started our own. [We
her underwater embracing the deck. “This is
to choose from. For now, they are slowly
wanted] to bring our own language and color
our thanks to her. I wanted to [do something
building their empire of inspired designs
to it,” Gil says proudly.
different]. I wanted to bring awareness and
to all the “captains” out there. Throughout
get people thinking about where we live, our
the interview, the smiles on their faces and
care for fish and water,” Gil says.
the way they introduce me to their product
When they were first starting out, the two
screams that they are proud of their work,
owners recall there being multiple local skate shops to hang out in and skate with friends.
Gil and Myles are role models to younger
deservingly so. They will surely keep the
Since those have been closed, they are
skaters in the community, whether they
art and skating community afloat with their
grateful for Barrio Skate Shop for creating a
intended to be or not. What Tony Alva and
wavy, environmentally psychedelic designs.
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pecial acknowledgment is to be
endeavor, “I would rather try, and fail, than to
With nothing but a radio to signal for help, he
awarded to the creators of the short
say no and stay in my safe zone, wondering if
manages to contact Lucas Dunn, a man living
motion picture, “Alchemy,” for their
we would have been able to ever pull it off,”
in the remote area. Lucus considers himself
hard work and perseverance. By
Diego assured me.
a caretaker of the land and critically explores the nature of the accident. They both embark
staying committed and persistent, they invoked “Alchemy” is a brief film starring Ben Vincent
on a conversation in which possibly, they can
and Joan Casta, who also directs the film. In the
find the redemption in their lives that they have
True grit is the thought that came to my mind
movie, the character Oscar Hill is exploring a
been searching for. This draws the viewer in
after listening to Diego Davila’s experience
mountain range in the Chihuahuan desert. After
close enough to each character to sympathize
working with a crew of young men to
falling into a terrible accident, he finds himself
with their emotions by drawing attention to
produce this short film. In reflecting on his
rimrocked and alone in the middle of nowhere.
relatable and popular real-life situations.
recognition from a film festival in France.
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or El Paso born actress Yvette
shaped and influenced who I am and what I
“Without Men.” She teamed up with Slater
Yates, the road to stardom
bring to the table.”
in the action movie “El Gringo,” for her first leading role as the fierce and resilient
had unusual beginnings. She was not born a dyed-in-the-
She began her career in Hollywood with
Anna. In that role, Yates paid homage to
wool actress. Instead, her
the LOL Comedy, Inc. with the king of
her Mexican-American upbringing, while
dreams were more aligned with the stuff of
attempting to dispel the myths surrounding
“Discover” magazine and “Weird Science.”
Scott Montoya. Yvette helped Scott produce
our border region’s fall from grace. She cited
She attended Loretto Academy and Coronado
comedy specials and began to move into the
the inspiration for the role of Anna as Salma
High School. Upon graduation, a UCLA-bound
realm of professional acting.
Hayek’s character in “Desperado” and that
of Sophia Loren’s in, “Man of La Mancha.”
Yvette entered the world of molecules, cells and atoms, and secured a Bachelor’s degree
She hit the ground running and received
in Physiological Science.
wide recognition for her role as Lucena in the
Other accomplishments include the 2013
independent short film, “Nina Quebrada,”
crime drama produced by Academy Award
Among the many values instilled in Yvette
released in 2008. Her performance garnered
winning actress Anna Paquin. Possibly her
by parents Carlos and Maria, both educators,
her a Best Actress nomination for the Imagen
most well-known role to date was that of Luz
was a love of learning and the value of higher
Foundation’s Imagen Award. The foundation
in the critically acclaimed neo-noir dramedy,
education. This is a cornerstone of Yvette’s
is the leading organization for promoting the
life and a tool she uses in all her affairs.
advancement of Latino culture in film and
In a Script magazine article, she revealed the
TV. From there, her career took off and she’s
For that role, much of Yvette’s Hispanic
starred in more than 20 films and commercials.
heritage, and perhaps the cornerstone of the culture, familial ties, helped prep her for
importance education has played both onand off-screen.“My education has shaped a
Yvette’s resume of films include an impressive
the role. In a 2015 This Funktional magazine
large part of who I am and it definitely bleeds
range of characters in a variety of genres.
article, Yvette explained the groundwork she
into my work in the sense that my personal
Her career skyrocketed when she was cast
laid to dig into the character of Luz:
journey for my education, in addition to life’s
alongside Eva Longoria and Christian Slater
experiences and the people around me, have
in the 2011 battle of the sexes comedy,
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“I think that when I was delving into Luz, I really felt home. She is a Chicana. I kind of layered that into who she is,” Yvette said. “She’s a free spirit, but she’s very grounded. Family is very important in [Chicano] culture. I looked into the background and there were a lot of boundaries being set. She wasn’t necessarily following those lines. Luz is almost the next generation of that time.” That same year, Yvette starred as Zabeth in “Bloodsucking Bastards,” which has been described as “Office Space” meets “Shaun of the Dead.” She was a guest at the 2015 Plaza Classic Film Festival where the film was screened. Her first appearance at the festival was 2014 with the movie, “In The Blood.” At the time of this article she finished filming “Malicious.” While she is getting a lot of recognition on-screen, Yvette’s off-screen recognition includes being named an El Paso Community Ambassador, and having September 26, 2012 designated “Yvette Yates Day” by the mayor and the city of El Paso. Her other off-screen activities include philanthropic efforts for AIDS fundraising and speaking at various engagements for Hispanic Heritage Month about the importance of the portrayal of Hispanic culture in film.
Spirituality and the Art of
Georgia O’Keeffe | By: MICHELLE CROMER |
n a recent visit to the Brooklyn Museum
was during her time there in the 1930s,
of Art, I walked past Georgia O’Keeffe’s
that she began to obsess over the wall
morning glories and edificial irises and
with a door in it, located in the courtyard of
stood mesmerized by a painting that was
a tumbledown farmstead in Abiquiú, New
far more humble, far less glamorous – A/C
Mexico. First, she bought the house,for
wall with a door in it, an expanse of smooth
$10, a process that took a full decade,
brown adobe centered by a core of a rough
and then she set about documenting its
black square of absolute negative space.
enigmatic presence on canvas, creating almost 20 versions. “I’m always trying to
O’Keeffe liked to paint the same thing
paint that door—I never quite get it,” she
again and again, until she had penetrated it
announced. “It’s a curse the way I feel— I
to its essence, unraveling the secret of her
must continually go on with that door … it
attraction. The flowers – the blowsy petunias
and jimson weed – were superseded by New York cityscapes and then by cow
The attraction was a mystery, and yet walls
skulls and miscellaneous animal bones,
and doors figure largely in the story of
surreally aloft over the clean blue skies
O’Keeffe’s singular life. How do you make the
and dry hills of New Mexico. This was the
most of what’s inside you, your talents and
landscape that unlatched her heart, and it 60
desires, when they slam you up against a wall
of prejudice, of limiting beliefs about what a woman must be and an artist can do? She didn’t kick the door down—hardly her style— but instead, set her considerable canniness and will at finding a new way through. I see classic patterns, which generate archetypal sacred symbols in O’Keeffe’s work, especially the door, the sacred center of her home. Though this dwelling may not be a publicly recognized sacred structure, it serves as the center for O’Keeffe. www.thecitymagazineelp.com
be negotiated, before the threshold can be
painted. O’Keeffe’s salvation was earthly, even
crossed. The mysterious beyond is hidden
pagan, comprised of the cold water pleasure
from sight by the closed door, and some
of working unceasingly at what you love,
sort of action must be taken before the other
burning anxiety away beneath the desert sun.
side becomes visible and available to us. The
Guided by her own intuitive response, almost possessed, O’Keeffe paints this archetypal symbol. The door represents the notion of metamorphosis and transition, a passage from one place to another between different states, between lightness and darkness. The act of passing over the threshold signifies that one must leave behind materialism and personality to confront inner silence and meditation—it is abandoning the old and embracing the new. Doors hold the essence of mystery, separating two distinct areas, keeping things apart. There is a barrier, a boundary, which must
closed door is full of potential, for anything
Elegance shares a border with crankiness,
might lie beyond, as yet unknown and unseen.
independence with selfishness, and O’Keeffe was by no means a saint; but without O’Keeffe’s
At the age of 96, Andy Warhol, another creator
sharp-eyed, sharp-tongued, exacting presence,
of a purely American vernacular, interviewed
chaos loomed. She made it happen, that simple
O’Keeffe. She told him about the landscape
door was anything but, and in painting it, she
that she most cherished, her home and the
was opening a door to a new kind of American
wild expanses of New Mexico. “I have lived up
art, a new kind of woman’s life. “Making your
there at the end of the world by myself a long
unknown known is the most important thing,”
time. You walk around with your thing out in
she said, “and keeping the unknown always
the field and nobody cares. It’s nice.”
From the beginning, New Mexico represented salvation, though not in the wooden sense of the hill-dominating crosses she so often
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Break If You Finally Want to Settle Down
| By: JANNET BUSTILLOS |
here did I go wrong? is often a phrase we say to ourselves or overhear from the avid dater. Sometimes we limit ourselves to many possibilities that could open doors to happy, healthy relationships. We all have bad habits we need to work on, and some may be difficult to depict unless someone else points them out. If you’re simply not sure what you’re doing wrong, I bring to light different behaviors that may be keeping you from finding the relationship you strive for.
Saying NO more than YES There’s nothing wrong with having standards. On the contrary, I think everyone should have some sort of
standards, especially when exploring deal breakers. Keep
Stressing too much about the future Don’t put too much emphasis on stressing about your “biological clock.” Many women, and even some men, tend to
feel pressured into getting married and having children at a specific
in mind though that there’s a fine line between having
age. If it hasn’t happened for you yet, then don’t force it! Rushing
standards and being overall picky. You must be realistic when
into a relationship just to accommodate your “ticking clock,” is
to comes to both. We can’t always have the Brad Pitt look
just asking for a disaster to happen. I have seen relationships fail
alike or the Victoria Secret model. Saying “yes” more often
time and time again when people jump into a marriage and have
to people who don’t necessarily fit your type may help you
children right off the bat. A future-focused mindset is no way to
step outside of your comfort zone. This may benefit you
find a fulfilling long-term relationship. Take a few deep breaths,
in the long run because it helps you open your eyes and
calm down and live a little more in the present. When the timing is
introduce you to more options.
right, things will happen for you.
Stop playing games With so many dating options out there, the single world is becoming more and
more competitive, and the sheer amount of time that a man might pursue a woman has decreased. If you’re the type that likes to play games, your chances of staying single are pretty high. My suggestion is to find balance between having your own life and morals, and making sure your love interest knows you’re still attracted.
Listening to other people’s advice A big mistake single people make is that we tend to over-analyze conversations we have with our crush. As if this isn’t a big enough
mistake, we also have the tendency of sharing too much with friends. Your
Feeling bad about being single I have come in contact with so many people who always have to be in a relationship because they
can’t bare the fact of being single or alone. Being
friends are always going to protect you, but they also only know one side of
single isn’t so bad. It’s a time to explore, experiment
the story. Only knowing your side of the story allows them to be biased and
and find your identity as a single person. How many
can subconsciously be pushing you in the wrong direction. This negativity
married friends do you know that wish they had
can suggest you to pull away or even walk away from a potentially great
some more “me” time? These same friends are also
relationship. Be careful when asking for others’ opinions because they are
the ones who live vicariously through you and get
not your opinion. You are the only person that should decide whether you
excited to hear all about your solo adventures. The
want to move forward with the relationship or not.
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hat did you want to be
Jeni remembers her favorite scene of
to remain fluid and diverse the way Williams
when you grew up? This
is a question with endless
William’s character, Daniel Hillard, began
possibilities. For some, it is to be a doctor
his transformation into Mrs. Doubtfire. “Can
“He still continues to inspire me, seeing
or a firefighter. For others, there’s the more
you make me a woman?” he said to his
what he used to do,” she said.
glamorous answer of being an artist, a
makeup artist brother, Frank. After greeting
singer or a movie star. The dreaming never
him with a hug, they began using the power
After high school, Jeni decided to relocate
stops. For local actress and comedian, Jeni
of makeup and latex face prosthetics. Many
herself to Dallas where she worked in Retail
Villanueva, also known as Jeni Robins, her
characters later, Hillard appears as the elderly
Management for Target stores. While the
dream was to be an actress. Since a young
woman of Mrs. Doubtfire.
opportunity for advancement arose within Target, she expressed her desire to follow
age, she has been following that passion and training towards stardom.
“Seeing someone be able to transform
a different path towards her dream of being
themselves to play a man, a woman, an
an actress and comedienne. It was a step
Crediting television for her partial training,
elderly person … seeing his diversity inspired
in the right direction towards refining her
Jeni chuckles at the recollection of her
me a lot,” she said with admiration.
craft. Upon returning home to El Paso, Jeni spent some time putting her skills to work.
countless hours spent in front of the set. She claims it helped shape her as an actress.
Broaching towards Williams’ sudden death
She appears in several music videos by local
Imagining herself on movie sets or doing
in early August 2014, Jeni, with one single
bands: Great Shapes and The Defectonauts,
stand-up comedy like her idols; Dana Carvey
regret of never writing him a letter thanking
as well as many independent films such as:
and Whoopi Goldberg; she also mentions her
him for his influence in her life, reveals that
Incandescent, What We Were and Paranoid
all-time favorite comic, Robin Williams.
her last name is in dedication to him. While
Flux. On the comedy side, Jeni continued
channeling her own charm, Jeni remembers
to preform her skits at open-mics, comedy
Seeing someone be able to transform themselves to play a man, a woman, an elderly person â&#x20AC;Ś seeing his diversity inspired me a lot.
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ugust is a funny month. For
kids are getting ready to go back to school, if
When you’re planning a trip, packing can be
us in El Paso, the extreme temperatures are
you’re a student yourself, the dreadful days are
a dreadful last-minute thing, but it doesn’t
going no where, whereas other parts of the
near and if you’re solely in the work force, it’s
have to be. Besides the sunscreen, camera
U.S and world might barely be feeling the
just another month. Usually though, August is
and sunglasses, these are the five essentials
heat or starting to cool off. The timing is also
the time for vacations (better get them in now
to take. Mix and match, layer, and you’ll find
peculiar in August—if you’re a parent, your
before the holidays keep you stuck here).
yourself with a lot of great and easy looks that will take you from the Big Apple to the City of Love.
where August, 2017
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The Pleated Midi-Skirt
Simple Shift Dress
Not only is this a great length to have, especially if you plan
Dresses are always a great item to pack. Not only can you
on visiting ancient churches, but this skirt can be styled in
easily layer with this, it’s the perfect lazy-girl scapegoat
so many ways. You can pair this with a crop top, a chambray
to getting dressed—no need to mix and match tops and
button-down, graphic tee or a nicer blouse, depending on
bottoms. A shift dress is also flattering on everyone. It’s loose-
where your plans take you. Plus, it’s light weight—which is
fitting, giving you room to eat whatever you want at that local
great for your suitcase and the temperature!
restaurant. Get one in a solid color and you can easily dress it up or down for a casual museum tour or a star-lit dinner.
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Striped Tee A striped T-Shirt literally goes with anything. It’ll go great with the pleated midi-skirt and anything else you pack. If you get cold easily, it’ll also look great layered under a solid pullover sweater. Whether you’re wearing some high-waisted jeans, white linen bottoms or a leather skirt, you cannot go wrong with this as a top.
Embroidered Pointed Slippers If you’re looking for a statement piece, this is it. These black leather embroidered slippers are all you need to finish off any outfit. Since they’re flat, they will also be comfortable when you’re walking from site to site. Walking on cobblestoned streets? No problem. Again, these can be worn with anything as a little added pop of interest. Pair these with your dress for the ultimate ready-in-five-minutes look.
Classic Denim Jacket I am a huge advocate for a good denim jacket and take mine whenever I travel. For cold airports, restaurants or museums, this is a great piece to have on hand. Since it’s denim, it’ll go with anything you’re wearing so you don’t have to worry about that. Drape it over your shoulders when you’re wearing your dress or wear it on top of your striped tee for an 72
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AST ROLO GY
“Step on a crack and you’ll break your mom’s back!”
Lotus are a highly beloved flower in India as they are believe to
We’ve all heard the old wives’ tales and superstitions. Today, most of
Peacock feathers are said to bring good luck. The circle in the feather
us are not superstitious, however many people do believe in having a
is supposed to represent the evil eye. The bird itself represents
good luck charm—a tangible physical possession that has been there
protects against illness and accidents. In another viewpoint, the Egyptians saw the lotus as clarity of thought and wisdom.
during good times or a talisman to ward off evil. Below are some good luck charms to consider if you are wanting to attract positive energy. Keep in mind, your good luck charm can be worn as jewelry, kept on a keychain, or hidden in your car—how and where you choose to keep your good luck charm is up to you! Beads are a versatile choice for a good luck charm. The most common good luck bead is the glass eye—it “sees all” and averts danger. Cats were believed to be sacred animals to the Egyptians and represented the moon. Believe it or not, even if you are superstitious about black cats, you shouldn’t be—they’re actually good luck. Crosses originated in Egypt and symbolize life and immortality. Crosses, of course, have religious ties and are great good luck charms for those strongly connected to their faith. Dragons are helpful in conquering enemies and used to enhance peace. Fish symbols attract abundance, wealth, fertility, and represent long life. Four leaf clovers are one of the better-known good luck charms as they are believed to bring you good luck for money and abundance. Frogs are used for wealth, health, long life and prosperity. If worn by lovers, it is believed to ensure a long-lasting, loving relationship with mutual respect. Hand of Fatima is very popular in the Middle East and is usually displayed on walls or door of the house to protect the occupants. Hearts are worn for love and joy and if used with Rose Quartz, it helps to heal past heartbreak and attract a healthy, loving relationship.
Rabbit’s foot is an old-school keychain favorite. The rabbit foot is thought to bring good luck quickly and boost good fortune when
Horseshoes are another well-known good luck charm. Placing
the horseshoe above the front door with it pointing upward is the proper way to display a horseshoe to bring wealth and happiness
St. Benedict wards off evil spirits with the commanding message:
into your home.
“Get behind me, Satan”
Keys enhance foresight and improve judgement. In Japan, they are
St. Christopher is known as the patron saint of travel. A photo of St.
used as a keychain to attract prosperity, joy and love.
Christopher is great for influencing safe travel and is ideally hidden in the glovebox.
from El Paso to San Diego | By: KRYSTA AYERS photos courtesy of: EXIST 1981 |
where are they now?
to large scale murals. I believe I needed to
ight now is an exciting time
spend all those years exploring all of those
in El Paso,” says muralist
different mediums and also building a name
and fine artist, EXIST 1981. In
for myself within the art community.”
Banksy-esque fashion, he does not want his name to be revealed, but the El Pasoan let us which gave him a lot of attention. He also
He’s in a different place than when he started.
started printing his own shirts and clothing—a
The street art perspective has also changed
“As a kid in elementary school, I always
huge success since 45 retail shops nationwide
into a more positive mind frame, graffiti as
scribbled and drew patterns. Later, in my early
started to sell them by 2005. “It was a total
an art form is now sought out instead of
teens, I was really into graffiti and learned more
DIY project and to be honest, it became too
painted over. “When I started out it was all
about drawing from graffiti than anything. In
much. At the time I was balancing school,
‘Do-It-Yourself’ and very secretive ... it was
high school I took some art classes and really
freelance jobs, my clothing, and my late night
an interesting transition to go from putting up
knew it was something I was good at and
obsession with graffiti and street art. Each
art on a building without permission, to later
really enjoyed doing for hours.” After high
one demanded a lot of time and work.”
having businesses and building owners seek
in on what is more important—his art.
me out. They not only gave me permission
school, EXIST moved to San Diego to really delve into his art.
“Doing murals was the natural progression
but paid me to do what I love—It’s unreal. It’s
of my art.” With all of his explored mediums,
both a pleasure and a challenge to put your
Upon moving to San Diego in 2000, EXIST
drawing, painting, silk-screening posters and
work in public spaces for all to see.”
1981 had a lot going on for him. Silk-screening
stickers, his next move was to study graphic
his own stickers and posters, he posted
design at school where he says, “The posters
You’ve seen his work before and you’ve
them around town in San Diego and El Paso,
got bigger and bigger, and finally moved on
probably taken a selfie in front of it. At The
where are they now?
Mix building in downtown, a black and
“I enjoy being able to get a talented group
His Secret Lair project is his more recent in
white mural can be seen while driving on
of locals and friends from out of town and
San Diego. “The Secret Lair was my space
Paisano, the first large mural he completed
paint together for a weekend. It’s great to
in Little Italy San Diego, it was a temporary
in El Paso. At the Montecillo shops, his mural
get in front of El Paso’s youth and let them
place for me to paint for a couple months,
adorns the side of a shipping container for
see the different processes we take to create
culminating with an art show. I invited a
the restaurant Malolam. It is the face of a
our pieces.” He is acutely aware of how art
handful of friends from our collective called
woman encircled in vibrant, intricate designs.
affects people. You can see it in the art he
the Cohort Collective to come paint when
It is this mysterious intriguing shadow of a
creates, the shots he posts on his Instagram
they had time. I kept the location a secret
woman’s face that is seen in a lot of the work
account and how he works with people in the
during the process up until the day of the art
that he does. And it’s work that’s done in
art community. “El Paso is finally starting to
show. There was a phone number that was
different mediums, not just spray paint. “It
embrace progress and I want to contribute as
given out on social media and when anyone
really depends on the job,” he says, “when I
much as I can to that progress,” he also adds.
called it, the address was given.”
with brush, stencil and spray paint, same
“The intimidation of a giant, blank, public
The future for EXIST 1981 is bright—as
with Malolam. In my fine art I use enamel,
canvas,” he says keeps him motivated. It is
cliché as that sounds. The art community
acrylic, silkscreen, resin, hand-cut stencils
the whole process of the entire project that he
is one that celebrates collaboration and
and spray paint.”
loves. “It is very gratifying to see a large scale
success among friends and with every
piece I’ve accomplished within three to five
project EXIST 1981 is a part of, his
EXIST is still very involved with El Paso and its
days.” Take his first large scale project in San
community is right there with him—even
art scene. Just recently he was commissioned
Diego, for instance. Done in 2007 and located
El Paso as a whole. “I have very talented
to do the art work at the new eastside bar,
at the very popular restaurant, El Camino, he
friends to keep me pushing the limits.” We
Born and Raised. For six years he has also
was commissioned for two more projects
hope those supportive pushes lead him to
been in charge of curating the art selection
afterwards and it “snowballed” from there.
keep coloring the streets with his vibrancy.
painted the Alamo Drafthouse, that was done
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f you self-identify as a bookworm, it is likely that you find yourself looking at your growing bookcase while your wallet becomes empty. This is likely caused by the trips to Barnes and Noble that turned into shopping sprees. It happens, but now you will have a place that will not only give your favorite books a second chance, but will give you the credit to purchase new ones at a fraction
of the cost. With two locations in Las Cruces, on Main Street and Solano, you will find the treasure filled bookstore known as COAS. COAS was founded in 1983 by Patrick Beckett. Patrick was originally head of the contractor archeological program at New Mexico State University, but got tired of academic politics. Since he had always loved books, COAS was created. As a family-run store, COAS is currently owned and operated by Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son Mike who has been working there since 1985 and bought the store back in 2007. Being the largest used book store in New Mexico, COAS also carries new books that are written by local authors. While COAS doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a target demographic, book lovers from all over the country come to visit; especially since they can find something at COAS with only a nickel in their pocket. Some customers have even taken to writing reviews on websites like TripAdvisor to say that COAS is,
“An adventure in books.” These reviews help COAS to communicate
Possible plans for COAS would include vacating the second floor
with their customers and help point out any overlooked problems.
of their building, investing money into bringing it up to code and
Taking advice from customers is also why they expanded from books
expanding into a second story store. Not only would COAS be two
to different multimedia’s such as movies, records, CD’s, games, etc.
buildings wide, but it would be two stories high as well. While the option of opening more stores has been discussed, COAS didn’t
One of the qualities that makes COAS especially unique is their trade
want to dilute what they have by expanding too far. They wanted to
credit system. The system involves bringing in your old books, or any
maintain COAS’s individual personality.
other items, and receiving general and/or paperback credit. COAS gives you a percentage of what they will sell that piece for in your
Mike expressed his worry about being the last generation of book
credit account. Paperback refers to the mass market of books, where
sellers. However, with the consistent demand of books from kids, he
if you have the trade credit, you only pay 25 to 50 percent of the cover
has peace of mind. When items like the VHS first came out, there was
price. The general credit applies to everything else in the store. When
always a threat for the end of books. However, after all these years,
you check out, your credit account can cover over 75 percent of your
the book business is the one that is still standing. Even though book
purchase. For what a customer would spend elsewhere, they can get
businesses won’t always be what they are today, COAS will continue
a whole lot more for their dollar at COAS.
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109—that’s quite the number depending on what you’re counting. In this case, we’re counting Bolson tortoises, 109 of them. That’s how many the Turner Endangered Species Fund (TESF) brought with them to the El Paso Zoo at the end of June as part of their Bolson Tortoise Conservation Plan. These tortoises have been bred in captivity by the TESF and protected from predators with the goal of creating a self-sustaining population of Bolson tortoises in New Mexico. The difficulty in creating this population is the fact that Bolson tortoises’ sex is not determined by chromosomes, but by the temperature at which the eggs are incubated. That said, determining the sex without the use of an endoscopy requires waiting until the tortoises are 10 to 15 years old. That would mean TESF would have bred, incubated and hatched hundreds of tortoises at different temperatures, not knowing for 10 to 15 years if their process was correct. Instead, the TESF started bringing their tortoises to the El Paso Zoo for endoscopy clinics. The Bolson tortoises that are scoped are between six months to three years old. The incubation temperature, or animal sex data that is collected, is paramount in creating the self-sustained population of Bolson tortoises.
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August, 2017 The process is anything but simple. Zoo
The entire team worked tirelessly from 9:00
times and we are extremely appreciative of
veterinarians, Dr. Victoria Milne and Dr. Misty
a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the most recent clinic
Dr. Vikki and Dr. Misty and their staff helping
Garcia, their staff, and two other reptile
in June and scoped a total of 61 Bolson
us with this project. We couldn’t do it without
veterinarians, have set up two scoping
tortoises. “It was quite the day for us here
them. It really takes a village.”
stations. Each tortoise is first identified and
at the zoo,” said El Paso Zoo veterinarian, Dr.
entered into the computer program to ensure
Victoria Milne. “It was exciting, exhausting,
Through their five endoscopy clinics, the El
proper data collection. From there, they are
fulfilling, and just incredible.” Fellow zoo
Paso Zoo team has scoped over 325 Bolson
weighed to determine how much anesthesia
veterinarian, Dr. Misty Garcia, echoed her
tortoises. For zoo Director Steve Marshall,
is required. Once that is determined, they are
sentiments. “It was a long day, but our team
it’s all just part of what the EL Paso Zoo does.
injected with anesthesia while the team waits
powered through. We didn’t get to scope all
“In addition to providing expert care for our
for them to fall asleep. When the anesthesia
the tortoises before the TESF team had to
own animals, we are actively saving wildlife
sets in, the tortoises are scrubbed and
leave, but we still collected a tremendous
from extinction. Sometimes it’s through the
disinfected, and then injected with a small
amount of data that’s crucial for the Bolson
animals we have here at the zoo and other
amount of lidocaine at the endoscopy site.
tortoise population. Knowing that we’re
times it’s through outside conservation
helping this species survive makes the work
efforts. When opportunities like this present
we did today all worth it.”
themselves, it’s our job to step up and accept
At this point they are taken to one of the two
the challenge. It’s just what we do.”
scoping areas. One of the four veterinarians makes a small incision and inserts the
Chris Wiese from the TESF was also part
of the endoscopy clinic and expressed her
So, 109. For some, it’s 61 out of 109. For
navigating until the sex of the tortoise is
gratitude for the zoo’s role in their Bolson
the El Paso Zoo, it’s 339 endoscopies and
determined. The scope is removed once
tortoise conservation plan. “Our ultimate goal
one step in the right direction for the Bolson
the sex is confirmed. The tortoise is then
is to establish free-living, minimally managed
tortoise population in the United States.
injected with medication that brings it out of
Bolson tortoise populations in the United
anesthesia and is placed in recovery.
States. We’ve done this endoscopy clinic five
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Your Favorite Period Netflix is always changing out different movies and shows that are available to us to stream. Recently, there has been a heavy rotation in period pieces to binge watch. Make yourself comfortable, because these will have your eyes glued for a long time. Start your binge with either: Versailles, Peaky Blinders, Marco Polo or Medici Masters of Florence. You can thank me later.
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Gingham-Style This pattern is back in full force, my friends. It’s perfect to the summer time. Guys, wear this pattern as a button-down top and cool off in some stylish shorts. Ladies, this pattern has been seen on many off-the-shoulder tops. Pair it with some white jeans and you’re good to go. 100
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No, no and no! I don’t care how many times Aldo or reality TV stars tell you to wear these horrific sandals that reach your knees, the answer is no. They are flattering on no one (is your circulation getting cut off?) and you are not in Rome fighting to your death. Save your money for something else.
Carg-NO Old Navy called and they want their cargo shorts back. Guys, there is no way that you fill up all of those pockets. There are also an excellent lady-repellent. So, unless you want to send that message while you’re out at a bar or hanging out on the weekend, throw your cargo shorts away.
Home Body The city is full of things to do during the summer, and a lot of it is free. Take advantage of it all and stop being a couch potato (Peaky Blinders does end at some point). Whether you’re watching a movie on a lawn or catching any of the live music at our wonderful venues, get out and live a little.
| By: LIZZIE MARTINEZ |
ometimes we may think it’s cute
your child is obese, here are some starter tips
If your child wants to go to McDonald’s
when our child has a little extra chub,
to get your child and your family on the right
with their friends, let them know that if they
but let these facts sink in and then, if
track so they can grow up to be healthy adults.
choose the healthier kids meal choices, they will be rewarded with something such as
your child is overweight, start to take action with the ideas provided.
Slowly start to replace your child’s favorite
more playground time.
dishes for healthier options that taste just
According to the center for disease control
as good. For example:
Set reasonable goals for your child. It’s not
and prevention, the rates of childhood
• Pizza replaced by a gluten free or
always a bad thing to actually weigh your child.
obesity has more than tripled since 1970.
whole wheat option
Find out from a doctor what a reasonable
The facts state that one in every five children
• Sour candy replaced by fruit
weight for your child should be and teach
is considered obese.
• Chocolate bar replaced with a protein bar
them not be obsessive over weight, but to
Obese children have a higher risk for having
• Cookies replaced by healthier cookies
(Quest Bars are a great option)
be aware of what over-weight is.
chronic health conditions such as asthma,
(MyCookie or Len & Larry’s brands are
Get the whole family on board. It’s not fair
sleep apnea, joint and bone problems,
good cookie replacements)
to your child if he/she sees one of the parents
diabetes and are at risk for heart disease. Long-term obesity can lead to adult obesity
• Spaghetti noodles replaced with veggie noodles
which is linked to even more serious
• Lunchables can be replaced with a build-
conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart
your-own lunchable with whole wheat
disease, metabolic syndrome and several
crackers, deli meat, cheese and a
types of cancers.
granola bar instead of the candy treat.
eating ice-cream in front of her. If you are going to eat something bad, do so out of the sight of the child and don’t keep that junk food in the house in sight of the child. Get your child moving. Find a sport or activity they love that gets them active and
Obese children are teased and bullied more
Cut out all frozen pre-made meals
make sure they’re doing it at least two to three times a week Being active will not
than their normal-weight peers and are more likely to suffer from depression, low self-
Make a “Cheat Meal Day” and enjoyable
only help them lose weight, but feel better
esteem and social anxiety.
outings that the family can do together.
overall emotionally as well!
Plan for once a week to go get your favorite We have an epidemic on our hands and it
frozen yogurt or pizza as a reward for eating
is up to the parents to solve the problem. If
healthy all week.
STR OKES P ope John Paul II was once quoted as
portrait to paint for ourselves. Fortunately, for
Teresa Country Club at the age of eleven.
saying, “Not all are called to be artists in the
recent Coronado High School graduate, Greg
Although no one in his immediate family was
specific sense of the term. Yet, as Genesis
Yellin, not only has his masterpiece begun to
too involved with golf themselves, his first bit
has it, all men and women are entrusted with
take shape, but it also has the potential to
of influence came from his uncle who lives
the task of crafting their own life: in a certain
be hung in the Metropolitan Museum of Art,
in Miami, where Greg was born. His parents
sense, they are to make of it a work of art,
took notice of Greg’s desire and dedication at an early age and would drive him back
a masterpiece.” I couldn’t agree more—I believe we all are in the midst of creating our
Greg, two-time high school Player of the Year
own masterpiece. Some of us are en route
in El Paso and holder of the lowest round (62)
Golf Course; something Greg adamantly
to putting the final strokes on our canvas,
of golf in high school in the history of El Paso,
described to me as a very important part of
while others are still trying to figure out what
began playing golf at the now-closed Santa
his success. Greg also gives credit to the
AWAY | By: ANGEL TORRES |
staff and general manager of Painted Dunes
During our conversation, I told him that I was
had put in the work, I practiced for hours
saying, “They were a huge help in getting me
a former collegiate athlete as well. Half way
on a daily basis … I knew my competition,
ready to play tournaments and helped a lot
through our chat we both not only agreed but
and I knew they weren’t putting in as
with me keeping a positive mind set.” Even
understood that, to play any sport at a high
much time as I was.” This response can be
now, Greg’s current mentor, a friend of his
level, you must carry some certainty about
expected from someone who was not only
stepfather and former NFL player, has tried
yourself and your game. So, when I asked
a Sun County Junior PGA champ, but also a
to assist his mental game and leave him with
Greg how he felt about being El Paso’s top
sectional qualifier for the US Open.
a focused mind. Because golf is an individual
male high school golfer and closing out his
sport, you don’t have others to rely on or
senior year with a district title, it was no
Personally, I don’t feel there is anything
blame, which is something he has come to
surprise to me when his response was, “I
wrong with a little self-confidence, and in
embrace and enjoys, stating, “It’s all on me.”
expected it.” He went on to elaborate, “I
Greg’s case, it led him to scholarship offers
and interest from universities in California and
friends, which any athlete would love to do
“Its mentally demanding and you must have
Arizona. When it was time to choose where
given the chance.
a strong, positive mind,” Greg reiterated. In slow frames, watching a golfer begin
to go and what to do next, the decision was simple according to Greg, stay home and
As our interview came to a close, I gave
with the backswing, then thrust their hips
accept a full ride to play golf for UTEP. Playing
few details to Greg about what the article
forward while making contact with the ball,
for UTEP offers unique advantages for Greg
would be about, its release date and how it
to end in a patient follow-through, can be
such as course familiarity, the opportunity to
was going to be a part of our art issue. “Do
considered poetry in motion. For Greg Yellin
play as a freshman, a full athletic scholarship
you consider golf a sport or an art form?” I
the more strokes on his canvas, the less
and the ability to play in front of family and
asked him. “Both, for sure!” he responded.
strokes on his game.
Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve Gone Country: A Night at the Sundancer on the Brazos | By: KRYSTA AYERS photography by: TIMOTHY COBOS |
aking a road trip through Texas
gate protecting our camping area. The safari
Sure, you could call it “glamping,” but I feel
is like watching a marathon of John
tent, sent straight from Africa, sits on top of
that doesn’t do it justice. I didn’t feel like I
Hughes movies: it goes on all day
a hand-crafted wooden deck that completely
was camping, which we had done the night
and you’re not sure if the movie has
encircles it, creating a wrap-around porch.
before in a two-person tent beside Granbury Lake in Granbury, Texas. It felt like we got
changed because everything seems the same. Nevertheless, a trip
We are tired from a long day of driving, but
a weekend pass to another life. A life that
across the state to the small town
we have our dog with us, a two-year-old
requires you to slow down, take a nap in the
of Weatherford seems like a good idea to
German Shorthaired Pointer who has just
afternoon after spending hours at the lake
escape from reality for a bit. I’ve found that
found his new happy place, so instead of
and really sit and enjoy what is around you—
quick weekend trips are the best remedy for
resting, we take a quick drive to the Brazos
especially the “moo’s” in the distance.
any work stress to keep sane and escape
River which is still on the property. The
the strain that daily life usually brings. We all
water is warm, and even though the current
There’s a reason that you have to have a
need to get out for a little bit and enjoy some
looks like it will carry the three of us off, the
minimum of two days when you book the
travel, even if it’s just for a weekend.
water is shallow and we can walk across
tent. Even with two days it isn’t enough
to an island of sand in the middle of the
to fully treat yourself to an escape from
My boyfriend and I went to Weatherford,
river. We don’t kayak or tube, though it’s an
the hustle and bustle of life. Our steak
Texas. Now you’re thinking, “What in the
option, but instead try to keep our eager-to-
dinner and our hearty breakfast of eggs,
world is in Weatherford, Texas?” And the
swim dog alive and explore a little bit.
better sitting on the porch with our dog
answer is essentially: nothing. And that is
and listening to the waterfall.
what was so great about it. The town is
When we come back, the tent has AC
small, no sight-seeing or big attractions.
(thankfully!) and it is nice, cool and begs
But what it lacks in entertainment, it
us to stay inside. But we’re in the country
The Sundancer at the Brazos was a reminder
more than makes up for in camping with
and mother nature is all around us. There’s
to slow down in life and enjoy the little
a switch in the back porch that turns
things. Even the drive there and back was
the waterfall on to the pond the porch
a series of stops—in a Kerouac-esque
The Sundancer at the Brazos is beautiful. This
overlooks. There is also a wood-burning
attempt to do a tour of America and trying
is the safari tent and campsite that we stayed
hot tub. Yes, a wood-burning hot tub. It’s
the barbeque of Texas—with no rush to get
at. The directions lead you to a gravel road up
avoided though, because we’re already
to any destination. Sadly, we couldn’t stay
into the country. After you make a right turn
cooking in the heat of Central Texas. The
forever. Our time was up and our dog waited
into the simple gate, you are greeted by a
place had everything one could need: AC,
in the air-conditioned Jeep for us to pack our
large field of hay barrels (the perfect photo
running water for a nice shower, a hassle-
bags and head down the graveled road, back
opportunity) and cows—we are cautioned to
free grill, a kitchenette, a comfy bed and
out of the modest gate that had led us into
drive slow and not scare them. Still further
more. It’s hard to believe that the place just
the property the day before.
up the road, we make more turns before we
opened up in January of this year.
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What it Means to
Hold the Magic Wand | By: ROCIO CHACON |
ake-A-Wish has been granting
volunteers the unique experience
life-changing wishes to children
of bringing a child’s one true wish to
battling life-threatening medical
life. They meet with the wish child
conditions for almost 40 years. Wishes
and his or her family to plan their
are a profoundly effective way for
wish, with the wish entirely funded
children to cope and conquer. They
spark the imagination and power essential
“What has fueled my fire to keep
tohope. At Make-A-Wish, all-
granting more wishes? The kid’s
encompassing power of wishes quite
faces when their wish is about
like volunteers and wish granters.
to come true,” Rocio said. “It’s
priceless! The minute the family “I see it with my own eyes each
and the child realize the wish is
time I grant a wish,” said Make-
going to be granted, something
A-Wish volunteer, Rocio Chacon.
magical happens. I see it with my
own eyes. Even just the anticipation
from the minute Make-A-Wish is
of the wish allows the child to
introduced, and the child immediately
forget about the hospitals, doctors’
gains strength and hope. That day is
Paso. “And the time, commitment is tailored
offices, medicines, treatments and
to whatever fits your schedule. You can call,
everything else they endure on a daily basis.
visit their website or even stop by the Make-
Seeing how much wishes change the lives of
A-Wish office to sign up.”
everyone involved – that’s my fire!”
So how does one become a volunteer and Wish Granter?
Rocio explains that there are countless
“Every single wish is different and special,”
“The process was extremely easy and the
ways to volunteer and help out at Make-A-
Rocio said. “My first one was extremely
Make-A-Wish staff was there every step of
Wish. From working events and assisting
memorable, not only because it was the first
the way and assisted with any questions I
in the office, to speaking on behalf of the
one, but because it was a true testament that
had,” said Rocio, who was first introduced
when we come together as a community,
to Make-A-Wish at a volunteer fair here in El
difference. Being a Wish Granter allows
anything is possible! My first wish was for
a little five-year-old named
what happened next was inspirational and
Alexis. All he wished for
unexpected. Two police officers arrived at
was a birthday party. Something so simple.
my work and let me know the entire El Paso
During the initial interview, he mentioned
Police Department wanted to help organize
that he wanted to be a cop someday. For the
a special wish reveal that involved Alexis
reveal party, I went to the police station and
becoming a cop. I was in tears! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s truly
asked if we could have something small for
wonderful to see how much each wish truly
him. I imagined a ride in a unit, a little cake
impacts the community.â&#x20AC;?
or maybe a tour around the station. Well, 112
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experience the all-encompassing power of wishes firsthand as well. “I don’t know if I can necessarily explain it,” Rocio said, “but it’s like an adrenaline rush happens and then the kids instantly improve! They are looking forward to their wish being granted and they can focus on that! When I met Blanca, one of our wish kids, she was very weak and down. She wished for a quinceañera, and when she found out she’d be getting one, she looked so much stronger and she said she felt beautiful, like a princess! That melted my heart.” Volunteering has also been a learning experience for Rocio. “I have learned how these brave little kids are so strong, and even though they are going through so much, they still have a smile on their faces. We as adults are so preoccupied with work and our daily lives that we forget to appreciate. I believe this is one of the main things that I have learned from volunteering – be happy, appreciate and be thankful for everything we have in life.” When asked what Rocio would tell someone thinking about volunteering: “The experience of helping these little heroes and changing their lives is amazing,” Chacon said. “Your heart feels full of joy and they think that you are simply helping them, but in reality, they are helping you too. The process is so simple: volunteer, interview the family and child, submit the interview documentation, make the magic happen! No matter how much time you have to give, everyone should volunteer for Make-A-Wish. It’ll truly change your life.” Visit ntx.wish.org or call 915-855-8700 for more information. Together, we’ll help ensure every child receives the wish they deserve.
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| By: BRANDI LAMBERT photography by: DAVID PARISH | ith wine ideas flow,” and flow they did over several glasses and
a conversation between old friends. Victor Poulos and Antonio
Gaudioso have formed a true and lasting friendship that continues to
flourish after 12 years. The two have managed to combine their common love of wine into several successful business endeavors, and are now on the verge of introducing an exciting selection of fine Italian wines to our “wine thirsty community.”
Antonio is a true Italian gentleman with an impeccable reputation in the wine industry. Throughout Italy and beyond, his knowledgeable expertise regarding the production and distribution of fine wine is highly sought after. Antonio began as an export manager for Vecchia Cantina di Montepulciano in Tuscany. He later became CEO of his family’s company, producing and distributing wines from Tuscany, Piedmont and Veneto. Although he holds a degree in political science, his 20 years of experience in wine making have defined his career path. Victor Poulos is a prominent local attorney, businessman and wine connoisseur who is the proud owner of Zin Valle Vineyards, located in Canutillo, Texas. Since 2000, Victor has been intrigued by the idea of bringing the finest quality wine to the local area, enthusiastically and aggressively pursuing that vision. Visitors to Zin Valle can experience a uniquely inviting venue in which they can savor grapes of their choice, thanks to the old friendship between Antonio and Victor. “I have known Antonio for 12 years. We imported wines together years ago when he worked as a wine broker in Italy,” says Victor. He fondly speaks of Antonio’s lovely wife, Giulia, a psychologist in Rome, and his two young children. It’s not hard to distinguish that these two share a genuine friendship. They speak with one another often, travel regularly to one another’s homes and work on their Italian and English, respectively. With a foundation of trust, Antonio began to export several of his wines to Texas and partnered with the local vineyard to produce a Chianti.
“Bi Plano Rosso” or Red Biplane Chianti, will soon be making it’s
approximately 70 miles south of Rome. It will be the first brewery in
landing in the El Paso region.
the famous Tuscan wine country and will feature local beers, including one being made from the sangiovese grape, which is generally used
The label features the antique Great Lakes Biplane, which was owned
in wine making. The property will include lodging and dining amenities
and flown out of Cielo Dorado Estates by Victor himself. In addition
for guests, as well as possible investment opportunities for those
to the Chianti, several other wines, including a Borolo and a Nebbiolo
wishing to have ownership in the legendary wine country of Italy
D’Alva Brut Spumante, will be introduced and available at Zin Valle. It
“under the Tuscan sun.”
is said that the “best wines are the ones we drink with friends,” and with a variety to choose from, let’s hope we all have plenty of friends!
Whether you’re in Italy or El Paso, here’s to sharing drinks with friends, new and old. As Antonio and Victor can attest to, many dreams and
In recent months, Antonio and Victor have also become partners
friendships can manifest over a good glass of wine. Here’s to fine
on yet another venture—a brewery in Montepulciano, which is
Italian wine in El Paso … Cheers!
Dinner Digging up
| By: ANNALISA ALDAZ recipes by: SARAH RECHY photos by: JESSE MAYNES |
ith the summer heat already in full swing, lighter and
with can be scary, don’t be afraid to stray away from the macaroni
fresh ﬂavors are already lingering on our palates. While
salad and venture into all ﬂavors the summer season has to offer.
I love the treasure hunt of a good farmers market, there is deﬁnitely
something to be said about the ones who venture into the summer
The ﬁrst recipe Sarah shared with us is her zucchini scones with
heat and grow their own quality treasures.
summer squash jam. The fresh taste of the zucchini mixed with summer squash and lemon is a more casual play on the traditional
Blogger Sarah Rechy, from GrowingThriving, is one of the brave souls.
tea-time scone, which makes it versatile enough for any function.
Living off the food she grows as much as possible, Sarah is growing
Sarah’s second recipe is a savory dish that gives the often times
her own zucchini, tomatillo, squash blossoms, green tomatoes and
overlooked green tomatoes, all the attention they deserve. From her
much more. This ain’t your grandma’s vegetable garden. Combining
garden to her table, her spicy gazpacho sauce brings this recipe full
the wholesome body of garden fresh vegetables with their naturally
circle. Lastly, what’s summer without an icy treat? Before you dive
occurring sweetness, the recipes coming straight from the soul of
headﬁrst into a tub of Ben and Jerry’s, Sarah shared her recipe for
Sarah’s hippie kitchen are sure to make you a hit at your next brunch,
a lemon cucumber sorbet that is sure to have you think twice when
picnic or cookout. Choosing the wrong dish to show up to the potluck
walking through the freezer section.
Summer Squash & Zucchini Scones w/ Summer Squash Jam Scones - Ingredients 2.5 cups and 1 tablespoon flour, divided
1/2 cup zucchini
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup squash
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups pecans, roughly chopped
1/2 cup sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Jam - Ingredients
1 1/2 sticks butter, frozen and cubed
6 cups grated summer squash
1 egg, beaten
6 cups sugar
3/4 cup sour cream
1 package gelatin
2 tablespoons milk For Scones - Directions
Lemon, to taste
1. Heat oven to 400 degrees 2. Combine egg, sour cream and milk in one bowl and mix thoroughly. 3. In a separate bowl, mix together the 2 1/2 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and cinnamon. Set aside. 4. Grate zucchini and squash. Squeeze in a towel or cheese cloth until liquid dissipates. Add grated mixture to a third bowl with pecans and the remaining 1 tablespoon flour and combine. 5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and fold into each other. Once combined, add zucchini and pecan mixture and fold in. 6. Pour loose dough onto a floured surface and knead. When dough starts to come together, but isn’t sticky, flour your surface again and shape your dough into a 9-inch by 1-inch circle and cut into 8 equal parts (like slicing a whole pizza in 8 pieces). Place each slice on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. 7. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. For Jam – Directions 1. Grate 6 cups of squash/zucchini and mix together with 6 cups of sugar. Cook on medium heat until swash and zucchini are translucent. Add a packet www.thecitymagazineelp.com
of gelatin and mix until completely dissolved. Add lemon to taste. 2. Place in container and cover, sit overnight in fridge.
Fried Green Tomatoes w/ Spicy Gazpacho Sauce Fried Tomatoes - Ingredients
For Tomatoes - Directions
10 small green tomatoes
1. Pour oil in a small sauce pot. Heat to 350 degrees (track with
4 slices of bread (your choice), toasted and crumbled
a candy thermometer)
1/2 cup cornmeal
2. While oil heats, use a food processor to pulse your toasted bread
1 tablespoon salt
crumbs until a course flour consistency. Then, add cornmeal, salt,
2 teaspoons smoked paprika Black pepper, fresh cracked, to taste 1/2 cup flour 2 eggs and 2 tablespoons for egg wash 4-6 cups canola oil
pepper, paprika and pulse until combined. 3. Rinse tomatoes, dry, dip in beaten eggs, dredge in flour, then onto the egg again, lastly into the breadcrumb mixture. Set aside on a plate, continue until all tomatoes are coated. 4. Once oil is hot enough, using a spoon, carefully drop tomatoes into the oil for 30-45 seconds until golden brown. Set aside and
Spicy Gazpacho Sauce - Ingredients 10 tomatillos
salt immediately. 5. Serve while hot.
10 roma tomatoes 2 serrano peppers
For Gazpacho - Directions
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
1. Char your serrano peppers, tomatoes and tomatillos on cast
2 slices of bread, your choice Salt/pepper to taste
iron skillet. 2. Blend all together in a blender on low speed for 5 minutes. Open lid to release steam every 30 seconds. 3. Add the mustard and the bread, blend again until thickened. (For thicker sauce, add more bread). 4. Cool in fridge overnight before serving.
Lemon Cucumber Sorbet w/ Citrus Mint Ingredients 2 lemon cucumbers 3 large regular cucumbers 1 tablespoon liquid stevia 5 large sprigs mint 5 large sprigs stevia 1/2 cup lemon juice 1/2 cup water Directions 1. Peel cucumbers, cut into small pieces and freeze overnight 2. In food processor, add frozen cucumber, lemon juice, stevia extract, fresh stevia and fresh mint. Pulse together while slowly adding water until completely combined. Let sit in freezer for about thirty minutes before serving. 3. Scrape with a cookie scoop or spoon to shave off the top and form your sorbet balls. Need more motivation to cook with the vegetables you can
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Plaza Classic Film Festival ::: August 3-13
Ardovino’s Desert Crossing Farmer’s Market ::: August 5-26
Plaza Theatre This is the world’s largest classic film fest. Now in its 10th year, The Plaza Theatre and surrounding downtown venues will be showing classic films and hosting movie discussions. See the full schedule online. Info: plazaclassic.com
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Ardovino’s Desert Crossing Every Saturday enjoy some of the best vendors in the city. With a lush variation of fruit, home goods, jewelry and other great local finds, this market is the perfect place to go. Admission: Free
First Light Credit Union Presents: Alfresco! Fridays ::: August 4-25
6:00 p.m. Convention Center Plaza Back for its 15th season, enjoy free live music every Friday of the month during Alfresco Fridays! Hangout downtown, enjoy food from the Strike Zone Café and enjoy the outdoor event. Admission: Free Info: alfrescofridays.com
Downtown Art & Farmers Market ::: July 8-24
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Union Plaza Hang downtown and enjoy all of the local vendors at Union Plaza selling art, food and activities for kids. Admission: Free
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Sunland Dance Studio No partner is necessary to join the fun in learning how to dance tango and other Latin ballroom dances. Learn from an instructor and then dance freely after 9:00 a.m. Admission: $10 Info: sunlandballroom.com
The Chamanas ::: August 12
10:00 p.m. The Lowbrow Palace If you didn’t catch them at NDMF, watch local and Latin Grammy Nominated artists, The Chamanas, at the intimate music venue. Admission: $8 Info: facebook.com/thechamanas
Cristian Castro ::: August 12
8:00 p.m. Abraham Chavez Theatre Mexican pop singer hits the stage to perform his many hits. Don’t miss the big show. Admission: $110 Info: tickets-center.com
El Paso Chihuahuas Baseball ::: August 11-31
Annual Ysleta Mission Festival ::: August 5-26
AAA baseball team’s home games are all at Southwest University Park in beautiful downtown El Paso. Chihuahuas vs. Las Vegas August 11,12 @ 7:05 p.m. August 13 @ 6:05 p.m. August 14 @ 7:05 p.m. Chihuahuas vs. Albuquerque August 15-18 @ 7:05 p.m. Chihuahuas vs. Sacramento August 24 @ 6:35 p.m. August 25, 26 @ 7:05 p.m. August 27 @ 6:05 p.m. Chihuahuas vs. Fresno August 28,31 @ 6:35 p.m.
Betty Who with Geographer ::: August 15
9:00 p.m. The Lowbrow Palace Australian singer-songwriter will hit the stage with opener band, Geographer. The dancey electro beats will keep you moving. Admission: $15 Info: lowbrow.com
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Red Wine Tasting ::: August 17
6:00 p.m. El Paso Museum of Art Enjoy the Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection as certified Sommelier, Manny Jemente, from SaltBox Provisions leads a red wine tasting. Admission: $20 Info: elpasoartmuseum.com
Rooftop pool view over the city skyscape Eat at The Downtowner Restaurant
Feasts with Beasts Fiesta ::: August 25
HOTEL INDIGO 325 N. Kansas St., El Paso, TX 79901 (915) 532-5200
6:00 p.m. El Paso Zoo Roam the zoo grounds, taste unlimited wine and craft beer and enjoy a night of live entertainment. This is the biggest fundraiser hosted by the El Paso Zoological Society and you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to miss it. Admission: $275 Info: elpasozoosociety.com
Classical Mystery Tour ::: August 19
8:00 p.m. The Plaza Theatre Watch musical group A Tribute to The Beatles perform with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and hear the great classics this great British band brought to the world. Admission: $30 Info: ticketmaster.com
A Night to Smile Gala ::: August 26
7:00 p.m. El Paso Zoo Event Center Southwest Plastic Surgery invites you to a night filled with inspiration and purpose. The gala will be benefiting Smile Network International. Admission: $150 - $2,500 Info: eventbrite.com
::: August 25
8:30 p.m. The Plaza Theatre The Spanish pop singer is back to play his hits. Enjoy five decades of the music from Emmanuel. Admission: $59.50 Info: elpasolive.com
Miller Lite El Paso Blues and Jazz Festival ::: August 26,27
Chamizal National Memorial The El Paso Music Society brings us a weekend of blues and jazz in an effort to preserve the music. Enjoy a night of dancing and good music. Admission: Free Info: epbluesandjazz.com
JULY ISSUE LAUNCH PARTY JULY 6, 2017 | at THE STATE LINE | Photographed by NICK ARIAS
Stage Performance JUNE 17, 2017 | at CORONADO HIGH SCHOOL | Photographed by JOHN HORTA and ALEXIS MARQUEZ
Anson 11 $$-$$$
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.
WESTSIDE Serving El Paso Authentic Italian Cuisine since 1948 • Private Party Room • Beer & Wine • Outside Dining • Live Music Thur. to Sat.
The Downtowner $$
• We cater large or
325 N. Kansas St. | (915) 532-5200
Eat like a downtowner. Found on the ground floor of the Hotel Indigo, The Downtowner offers breakfast, lunch and dinner - the only breakfast spot available in downtown El Paso. The restaurant delivers great American taste with a twist of our Southwest flair. Savor the amazing dishes offered on the menu and enjoy a cold and carefully crafted cocktail while enjoying the gorgeous views of downtown.
Italian Kitchen West
450 Thorn Ave. | (915) 842-0775 Enjoy boundless savory Italian classics either at their outdoorWest patio Italian.Kitchen.
www.theitaliankitchenelpaso.comm or intimate and comfortable atmosphere inside. Italian Kitchen
West is doling out classic pizzas, mouth-watering pastas with great wine pairs and Italian meat entrees. Stay local, but enjoy the cuisine from an ocean away. O, PR
Prices: $ - Low Priced Patio/Outdoor Seating - O
$$ - Medium Range Dog Friendly- DF
$$$ - High Priced $$$$ - Exquisite Dining Party/Private Room - PR Happy Hour - H
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5411 N. Mesa, Suite 1 | (915) 875-0034
6232 N. Mesa St. | (915) 584-3621
Join Mi Piaci Ristorante Italiano for lunch or dinner with Chef/Owner
Winning Best Taco for Best of The City 2015 and Best Chips
Cosimo Baltaglia, who hails from Calabria, Italy, for the freshest
and Salsa in 2014, Avila’s has a savory Mexican menu that will
seafood, gourmet hand-cut Angus reserve steaks aged 21 days,
satisfy your cravings. We’re open for weekend breakfast, have
and gently homemade pasta from Italy. O
lunch specials available daily and a convenient pick-up window is accessible for family dinners on the go. PR
The Green Ingredient
201 East Main Street #201 | (915) 298-1010 The Green Ingredient is a restaurant that offers delicious, nutritious, personalized meals, teas and more. Offering people the real perspective of health, you can get balanced meals that are nutritious, free from additives, preservatives, GMO’s and extremely high quality. Stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
Jerusalem International Foods $$ 5360 N. Mesa St. | (915) 231-9600
Westside’s 3rd Hole
1035 Belvidere Suite 168 | (915) 584-5577 There’s no better place to relax and grab a bite to eat than W3H. Nominated as El Paso’s best tacos, stop by today and see why we’re becoming El Paso’s go-to spot for catching a game and eating some good food. “We saved you a seat.” Now with NFL Sunday Ticket on all screens. O, H
The State Line
1222 Sunland Park Dr. I (915) 581-3371 Jerusalem is a low-key eatery where you can find authentic gyros, baba ghanoush, shish kababs and more. Their appetizer combo is
Enjoying delicious authentic BBQ from The State Line. Based on four
complete with hummus, baba ghanoush, grape leaves, spanakopita
principles: offer the highest quality smoked BBQ, provide generous
and falafel. Your tastebuds will enjoy this retreat to an amazing
portions at affordable prices, offer friendly table and bar services and
array of dishes.
celebrate the heritage of Texas. Come on by to enjoy!
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 with
Mesa Street Grill introduces their newest dessert creation – the Pineapple
views of El Paso’s sunsets, you will find all that you need at The Kitchen at 150
Crostata. This refreshing blend of pineapple, cinnamon and nutmeg is
Sunset. Be sure to also check out our special wine dinners, with a specially curated
crowned with a cashew crumble and handmade sugar garnish. Taste this
menu and wine pairing. Come and treat yourself. P, H, DF, PR
dessert once and it’s sure to become a summertime favorite. O, H, PR, H
Rulis International Kitchen
114 A. Mills Ave. | (915) 355-7281
4176 N. Mesa St. | (915) 313-4806
Grab a carefully crafted cocktail and meet us on El Paso’s first rooftop bar.
Take a bite out of any of the delicious plates being served at Rulis’
We’re located in the heart of downtown, with views of San Jacinto Plaza, so
International Kitchen. As winners of Best Beer Selection for Best of The
join us for delicious food and drinks. We have everything from crispy Brussels
City 2015, there’s also a good reason to stay and drink. On Sundays try
sprouts in bacon jam to a classic cheeseburger with agave-chipotle pickles.
their savory Paella dish or stop in for Happy Hour Mon. - Fri. 4 – 7 p.m
On Taco Tuesdays enjoy $2 tacos and drink specials and a newly added brunch
and Th-Sat 9 – 11 p.m. O, H, PR, DF
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
Edge of Texas Cattleman’s Steakhouse
3450 S. Fabens Carlsbad Rd. Fabens, TX 79838 | (915) 544-3200 This is a family-style restaurant located on a 46 square mile working ranch. Come savor our famous juicy steaks and mesquite-smoked BBQ while enjoying miles of desert scenery and spectacular sunsets! PR, O
8690 Edge of Texas St. | (915) 822-3343 Located in the far east, this is definitely worth the drive! Eat the best steak you’ve ever had and enjoy the saloon.
august Advertiser INDEX
A + O Group..................................................................Pg. 62
Nicholas Reyes Hair Salon.............................................Pg. 77
Casa Buenavista......................................................... Pgs. 4,5
Pasotex Realty LLC.................................Pgs. 33, Back Cover
CT Construction.............................................................Pg. 68
RGU Cancer Center.......................................................Pg. 45
Elyse Simons Beauty...................................................Pg. 123
Southwest Plastic Surgery...................................... Pgs. 9, 31
Fox Auto Group.......................................Pgs. 115, Front Fold
Southwest University at El Paso................................ Pgs. 2,3
GECU..........................................................Inside Front Cover
Southwest University Park............................................Pg. 93
Grace the Psychic Lady...............................................Pg. 113
Spectrum Technologies...............................................Pg. 125
Hal Marcus Gallery......................................................Pg. 113
Stonewood Modern Grill................................... Pgs. 128, 129
Hotel Indigo.................................................................Pg. 127
Sugar Skull Fashion Boutique........................................Pg. 73
Hughes Financial Group.................................................Pg. 92
Table Occasions.............................................................Pg. 97
Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino...............Pg. 11
The Hospitals of Providence................................ Pgs. 13, 110
The Italian Kitchen West................................................Pg. 68
Jerusalem Grill...............................................................Pg. 32
The State Line.............................................................Pg. 107
KB Realty.......................................................................Pg. 19
Vanities Jewelry & Gifts, Inc............................................Pg. 1
KTSM News Channel 9.................................................Pg. 17
Vistra Properties, LLC....................................................Pg. 55
Mattress Firm............................................. Inside Back Cover
Walgreens.................................................................. Pgs. 6,7
Mix/Milan Salon and Spa.............................................Pg. 131
Wyatt Underwood Trial Lawyers...................................Pg. 63 www.thecitymagazineelp.com
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