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n the world of lifestyle magazines, we have a code of ethics, guidelines if you will,
that we follow like every industry; nothing religious, nothing political (unless it’s paid
advertising). If you’ve been reading the magazine for long, you’ll remember that we had
Pope Francis on the cover when he visited the border in 2016. The article wasn’t meant to be a religious piece but rather to follow the path of the historic visit. Baptist, Methodist, Jewish— the hodgepodge of faiths celebrated the event that made regional history. Once again, we’re walking the gray line when we feature Beto O’Rourke. More than ever, I believe El Pasoans share a common affiliation. Although we may all fall on different political sides regarding our local El Pasoan running for senator, we must share some pride. Whether you agree with his political views or not, the national level of attention he’s brought to El Paso and our controversial border area cannot go unnoticed. Is it his relaxed vibe? The fact that he pushes through barriers that he was told couldn’t be touched? Or is it simply the unexpected notoriety of our local hometown boy? You decide. We all have our political opinions, and voicing our opinions is one of the many things we love about being American. One thing is inevitable; he will be talked
about for years to come. No matter our varied economic levels, nor the age of the voters—both
the mature voters who’ve placed their ballots for years, or the diverse, well-educated young
adults that bring to our region an urban mentality that can be found in every big city—every
vote counts and each opinion matters. Locally, if you zoom in close enough, you will hear the
constant chatter at coffee shops, break rooms, or beer joints about the strong beliefs, both red and blue, having to do with this particular election. It was with purpose that we pushed the print of this issue a week
from its original print date—we thought it imperative that the magazine be released after voting, as opposed to prior. We thought it important that, no matter the outcome, we celebrate Beto’s accomplishments as he merges the boy we knew next door, the musician, the skateboarder and the entrepreneur on his journey to an unknown political landscape. At the time this was written it was still a mystery which way the race would go—you are now either cheering for your candidate or disappointed, but whatever the outcome, we should be proud of one of our own. It comes as no coincidence that as we talk about Beto, a man with a musical background, that this magazine is our music issue. We would be amiss if we did not highlight the up-and-coming Hip-Hop scene in El Paso. Our hometown superstar Khalid has reminded the music industry who El Paso is. As Beto has brought the city of El Paso to the forefront, politically, Khalid has reminded the nation of our musical talent and lets no opportunity go by to give a proud shout-out to his town. The current music scene in El Paso is overflowing with talented artists from every genre of music. These artists give inspiration and hope to other musicians playing the late-night gigs, holding down two jobs to pay the bills waiting for that one song that promises to get noticed, that they will someday see their hard work pay off. Our editor feels a special bond with these artists and has chosen nine singers/bands that deserve applause and gratitude for the talent they share with us. Buy their tunes, download their music, purchase their merchandise and go to their shows. Every time you get a chance, stand and give each of them the kudos they deserve. Welcome to the music issue, you will enjoy this read.
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Beto O’Rourke or a large portion of the 20th century, until its closing in December of 1987, the corner of Rio Grande and Stanton Street was the home of Hotel Dieu Hospital, originally established in a different location in 1892, moving into the location that would serve generations of El Pasoans in 1898. The original hospital had a horsedrawn ambulance and, for the better part of seven decades, had an adjacent nursing school that helped the hospital serve downtown and central El Paso for 95 years. Chances are, if you or a family member or a friend can trace family ties back a generation or two in the El Paso community, someone was born at Hotel Dieu. On a September day in 1972, 15 years before the hospital would be forced to close, Robert Francis O’Rourke arrived into the world, and four decades later he is one of only a few El Pasoans who have earned the ability to participate in and create a national conversation about our society, our government, our culture and perhaps, most significantly, what being a Texan and an American really mean. By the time you read this article, the 2018 election season will have concluded and, regardless of the outcome, there will undoubtedly be a plethora of discussion and critiquing on both sides of the political aisle—indeed across the entire political spectrum—trying to identify the cause for the victory or the disappointment. Regardless of the outcome however, and irrespective of how you, our readers, may feel about his political viewpoints, one thing is for certain: Beto O’Rourke is participating in the national discourse about the shape and direction of our nation in a way that very few El Pasoans have had the opportunity to do. Beto’s father was a rather well-known local politician, having been active in county politics in particular from the late 1970s through the mid 1980s. The El Paso City Recreation Center located on N. Virginia Street, not far from where the hospital Hotel Dieu sat, is named after his father Pat. By all accounts Beto followed a fairly typical path for central El Pasoans at the time, including time at schools that are still part of the fabric of that part of the city today: Carlos Rivera, Mesita and El Paso High School. Like many excellent students of that era, Beto made his way east, ultimately landing at Columbia University, where he would captain the crew team and graduate with a degree in English Literature. During this time, Beto took part in one of his campaigns most unique talking points—he infamously spent time as the bassist for the local punk band Foss, along with Cedric Bixler-Zavala of At The Drive-In and The Mars Volta fame, on breaks from school. After releasing a record and touring the U.S. and Canada with the band, he began to work in the burgeoning tech industry in New York City for a few years before returning to El Paso in the late 1990s. He co-founded the
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before deciding to enter politics in the middle
United States where global events would
Commentary and discussion of the politics
part of the 2000s. This is the time period that
soon impact our nation in ways we had never
of Mr. O’Rourke’s platform, or his particular
many El Pasoans in the downtown area and
experienced before. By the end of 2001, the
views on any subject, are for another day
members of the business community got to
world was a very different place, and in a few
and many other publications. However, it is
know Beto for the first time—as a business
short years Beto would decide to enter the
remarkable and supremely significant for our
owner, working within the growing tech and
world of politics.
community to have someone so engaged in the national discourse and a tremendous
downtown arenas and pouring energy into his young company and a city that he had
In 2005, Beto would be elected to the first
opportunity for El Paso to demonstrate our
recently returned to.
of three terms on El Paso’s City Council, as
significance and trumpet our strengths. Who
part of a group of representatives that held
better to represent these strengths than
One can only speculate, but it is hard not to
very distinct and very different views of how
someone young, active and relatable—having
see how a personal tragedy that would soon
to move El Paso forward. He would serve
been married for 13 years now and a father
befall the O’Rourke family did not impact
until 2011, after which time he would decide
of three, Beto is one of the most accessible
the trajectory of Beto’s life and career in a
to run against incumbent Congressman
politicians in recent memory in the state of
profound way. Over the 4th of July weekend
Silvestre Reyes, who at the time was a
Texas, and he frequently makes it known that
in 2001, Beto’s father Pat was hit by a car
seven-term Congressman and had the
he is a true Texan through his understanding
while he was riding his bike in El Paso’s upper
backing of both former President Clinton
of El Paso as a border city and his love for
valley. Pat was only 58 when he was killed,
and then President Obama. Yet, somehow,
Whataburger. There’s a reason a video of
and it is difficult to imagine the oldest of
perhaps in a sign of things to come, Beto
him skateboarding in a Whataburger parking
three siblings not being profoundly impacted
captured the Democratic primary outright
lot during his campaign went viral—it feels
by such an event, particularly at a time in the
preventing a runoff, and then went on to win
more human than you would expect from a
the general election easily.
politician, and his grassroots campaign not only amplifies that genuine nature he gives off, but serves as a prime example as to the importance of El Paso as a significant part of Texas’ identity. We are, all too often, overlooked at the State and National level, due to our geographic location and a healthy dose of national ignorance regarding border communities in general. For a previous article in this magazine, I was fortunate enough to enjoy a lengthy discussion with Beto about his Thanksgiving trip to visit deployed troops in Afghanistan and Kuwait in 2015. We discussed how the trip to visit the troops came together, and how it was truly a bi-partisan group of representatives simply wanting to learn more about the daily challenges our men and women serving overseas face, and to say thank you to them personally for facing those challenges. And we discussed how Congress oftentimes does not engage enough directly with the troops, even if it is for a simple thank you. It was an enjoyable and enlightening conversation. To focus on the agreement or disagreement with Beto’s policies is, in some ways, to miss the significance of the broader point. Beto’s success and popularity have thrust El Paso, our region, and the border issues we all face into a national spotlight. That spotlight, which has helped lead to a variety of speaking engagements, town hall meetings, debates with Senator Ted Cruz, and even guest appearances on national television like The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, has elevated our community into the national discourse to a degree that has not been seen for decades. Regardless of political affiliation or belief, we will not have input on any solution to our challenges if we are not engaged in the conversation. Beto has ensured that El Paso is a part of the conversation—hopefully
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s the summer comes to an end and we arrive at the height of fall season, the music industry starts to quiet down. Less new music is released, but the quality of what is released certainly doesn’t dwindle. Here are some albums released this fall that any true music-lover must listen to.
Carrie Underwood Cry Pretty” On “Cry Pretty,” her sixth studio album, Carrie Underwood proves that she is the only true female superstar in country music currently. Her instantly recognizable voice is on display here as always, as she tackles themes and subjects more personal and in-depth than she previously has. She takes the occasional opportunity to talk politics in ways that promote inclusivity and will appeal to everyone on the political spectrum, and her trademark brand of country-pop is at its most impressive level yet, with the songs themselves sounding as accessible and enjoyable as ever.
LANY “Malibu Nights” From their humble beginnings anonymously uploading music to the internet only a few years ago, the indie pop band LANY has progressed to selling out their first headline stadium shows as of this year and have followed that achievement up with a new record titled “Malibu Nights.” Filled with nine lushly-arranged and produced pop songs, the record centers around themes of heartbreak and catharsis, inspired by frontman Paul Kline’s own experiences with recent romantic relationships. As such, the record feels incredibly vulnerable, and a shift towards real acoustic instruments as opposed to electronics only exacerbates this feeling. This is music to make you feel, but also music that anyone can hear and instantly love.
Twenty One Pilots “Trench” Twenty One Pilots return with what is being hailed as their best album yet, “Trench.” Continuing the themes from their previous records including mental health, depression and self-doubt, the duo has daringly created a genuine concept album about a city named Dema and the trench and world surrounding it. The way in which they create and explore this concept through the songs shows the detail that they put into the worldbuilding and storytelling of the album. With a massive mix of genres ranging from rap, rock, reggae, techno, pop and all of their possible combinations, it’s almost a guarantee that there will be a song you’ll like, and it’s a wonder to listen to the mastery of all of these genres that the duo possesses.
Young The Giant “Mirror Master” “Mirror Master,” Young the Giant’s fourth studio album, is appropriately titled. The record explores how multifaceted one’s personality and individuality can truly be, and goes in-depth on the concepts of identity, individuality and self-reflection. Through gorgeous pop-rock production on every track, lead singer Sameer Gadhia’s stunning voice cuts through with contemplative lyrics and beautiful melodies. From the aggressive upbeat nature of “Tightrope” to the downtempo, dreamy “Darkest Shade of Blue,” Young the Giant show off their skills throughout the entire record with impressive variety and great results, warranting not only one but many listens through this great album.
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f you ask any one in El Paso about The
Tap, they will tell you two things: they have
spectacular nachos and have jazz music on Thursday nights. For over 30 years they have hosted local jazz and, throughout the years, the patrons have represented people from every walk of life.
“It’s part of the magic of jazz,” Says Renee Trejo, a Lower Valley teacher. “No matter what kind of music you are into, you can get into jazz and its energy.” Renee has come out to The Tap on a school night to enjoy an increasingly popular event—jazz nights in El Paso. The recent surge in popularity is due in no small part to the willingness of local musicians to create unique experiences for their audiences. “The familiar brings them in, and then you get them into the instrumental improvisation aspect of jazz,” says Billy Townes, a long-time El Paso keyboardist who recently released his 16th studio album, “… This is What I said….” Eddie
No Evil, a local band who plays The Tap on Thursdays, actively engages the ideas expressed by Billy. For one of their sets, the band blends the often-esoteric nature of jazz with the more contemporary sensibilities of a late-night bar crowd: a Radiohead jazz set. “I was thinking about when we were rehearsing these tunes, we should start putting this group out, the Radiohead and rock and roll kind of thing,” Eddie says. After the show, Juan de la Garza, local artist and filmmaker, expressed that it was something www.thecitymagazineelp.com
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Dentistry for the Entire Family. envision for their audience is one that can draw them in with something comfortable and keep them around with something unique. That is something that local jazz acts do in spades. When a band plays, a venue almost always makes more money than if a band had not played, Frank explains. On Tuesday nights, Coco Bar on the eastside hosts Jazz Jam. It is a jam session where established musicians invite people from the crowd to play on stage with them.
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“completely new to me. I didn’t know
Eddie cites it as fundamental to his own
Radiohead could sound like that.” Creating
development, stating that it showcases
something that is both new and old helps
emerging talent and helps “build them up
generate value for venues, inviting a “broad
into the scene.” And even in those moments
range of age groups to come and spend
of spontaneous union, they manage to share
money,” Billy states.
the kind of bond that characterizes great jazz musicians—the syncopated synergy of
Both Billy Townes and Frank Zona, leader
artists tuned into each other’s tendencies.
of the Frank Zona Jazz Quartet and a staple
With the revolving door of performers that
of the Latin jazz scene, spoke of some of
enter and leave the stage, there is the
the struggles the resurgence has faced.
opportunity to always “breathe new life into
“It has got to be a win-win situation for
[the] performances,” Frank affirms.
both the jazz artist and the venue,” Frank
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states, acknowledging the fiscal imperative
When asked about the local music scene and
of venues when it comes to hosting local
what can be done to help it continue to expand
music. He goes on to say, “Venue operators
into more venues, without hesitation, the
should not think of live music as an expense,
musicians stress the importance of support
they should think of it as an investment.”
from the community. “I’m not saying we are going to be the next Austin, but we can get a
It is a sentiment that is echoed by Charlene
slice of the pie with what we offer culturally
Enriquez, owner of The Tap, who says that
and musically,” Billy says. After musing
other potential hosts don’t hold more jazz
about the magic of live performance and how
nights because “they don’t think it will bring
“music tames the savage beast,” he finishes
in the crowds they are wanting to attract.”
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November, 2018 Support our local jazz musicians. Go out and listen to what they are saying. They will deliver on the promise that if you find them playing Tuesday nights at Coco Bar or on a Thursday night at The Tap with a plate of nachos in front of you, you will witness something wholly inspired and uncompromising in its originality. Young and emerging musicians looking to get into the scene can go to Coco Bar to participate in Jazz Jam or reach out to the El Paso International Music Foundation on Facebook, an organization dedicated to empowering “musicians from El Paso and neighboring cities” through “education and advocacy.” Also, you can catch these and many more jazz musicians at Coco Bar on Tuesdays, INTL on Wednesdays, Speaking Rock and The Tap on Thursdays or Black Orchid on Fridays.
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t’s been a big year for The Swell Kids. Less than 12 months after the release of their debut full-length “Good Problems: A Collection of Feelings,” which dropped October 2017, Alex Bejarano and Eddie Vasquez took the stage at Don Haskins Center in front of
thousands for back-to-back sold-out shows, handpicked by El Paso’s current hometown
hero, the Grammy-nominated and platinum-selling Khalid. Alex, one half of The Swell Kids, had just one word for it: “insane.” “With two days to prep for what was easily the biggest show of our lives so far, we were able to schedule multiple rehearsals, create promos and marketing, design new merchandise and put together a team to make sure the show ran as smoothly as possible,” he said. It’s a moment the duo has been preparing for since they started making music together in 2011, but Alex and Eddie’s friendship dates back much further. The El Paso natives and hip-hop dancers and choreographers met at a dance studio and quickly teamed up to teach classes at studios and schools around the city. Growing up on a steady diet of rap, smooth R&B and up tempo EDM, their diverse musical tastes weave their way into everything The Swell Kids create, genre tags be damned. “One month we can release a dreamy pop song with soft vocals then the next month release a heavy track with strong bass and progressive rapping on it,” Alex said of The Swell Kids’ hard-to-pigeonhole sound. That versatility will serve them well as they look ahead. “Bigger and better things,” said Alex about what’s on the horizon for The Swell Kids. “That’s always been our motto since we started. We want to push ourselves to create more content and eventually start playing shows/festivals outside of El Paso.”
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he wide eyes of Emily Davis merely show a glimmer of her
After solidifying their lineup, the band jumpstarted a Kickstarter campaign,
talents and tenacity. Beyond the spirit in her eyes, you’ll find
raising $11,000 to begin touring the states and local venues in El Paso. Most
strength in her voice. It is a voice that has grown and evolved,
recently, Emily Davis and The Murder Police are gearing up and preparing for
and is now complimented by the members of her new band, Emily
the release of their debut album, Same Old World, which will be streaming
Davis and The Murder Police.
on most platforms and will be available for download on Davis’ bandcamp site.
Previously featured as a solo artist and songwriter of the band, Emily Davis’ follow-up is one of growth. From her early start 14 years ago, Davis’ newest
More than anything, Davis wants El Pasoans to learn of the wealth of artistic
addition has only been active for the past two years. The band is led by
talent in the city. “I think most El Pasoans are unfamiliar with our music
Davis who sings and plays the guitar. Their sound comes from a common
scene and would be blown away by it. We’ve grown with our scene over
interest and love for southern and classic rock, but Davis best describes it
the years—we grew up in it and we’ve grown in our music because of
as an amalgamation of alternative and folk rock, with a little bit of punk on
it.”That growth is evident when watching the band. As she hits that stage,
the side. “I’m not sure of too many other local acts that blend elements of
gleams at the audience and belts out those notes, you will discover the spirit
folk and punk like we do. We don’t sound like a typical Daze n Daze type
that embodies Emily Davis and The Murder Police.
of folk punk band. We bring other genres to the table. We rely on a lot of rhythm and a lot of melody to match,” says Davis.
| By: ANDREA MACIAS photography by: SCARLET MONK | here is power behind Ama Billi, also known as A. Billi Free.
Her ability to write and produce comes from a powerful desire to engage
From her style to her speech, A. Billi Free is undoubtedly an
audiences and connect to music with that energy. She is an artist that lives
to create, giving her purpose and therapy along the way. Billi has been able to achieve this satisfaction through live performance across the city and
Paired with clever beats, eloquent lyrics and a smooth delivery, Ama Billi is
adjoining states. Her most recent release was a collaborative EP called
making her mark in El Paso. She is a midwest raised, southwest emcee,
“CNJR.” This past August, she released an EP, film score and beat titled
vocalist and performance artist. Since she was young, Billi has been playing
“Room of Surfaces.” She is an active artist constantly involved in new
and creating music best described as a blend of hip-hop, jazz and electronica.
projects, putting her purpose to use. “I hope to achieve a connection with all
“I started my performance career in Chicago singing vocals for a variety
sorts of audiences, and to gain inspiration to keep forming and sharing ideas
of hip-hop and world music acts before I moved to the southwest,” she
and concepts to do my part in fostering peace and balance on the planet.”
said. Now as an El Pasoan, Billi is working on creating a name for herself. Beyond writing her own lyrics, she also creates her own beats, which seem
A. Billi Free is only getting started in El Paso. She thanks the city’s soothing
effortlessly put together when you listen to songs like “BLK MGC” or her
landscape in nurturing her writing and moving ahead. Her influences from
earlier creations like “1st Love.”
the bigger cities in the midwest with the pull of the desert have been infused in her music in a novel and entertaining way. “For El Paso specifically, the musicians, music lovers and everyday people are resilient and welcoming. This moves me to keep creating content that is open and upbeat, even in the midst of any chaos,” she said.
he El Paso music scene can at times feel oversaturated with local bands and solo artists trying to make it, but it’s
a musician’s dedication to their art that makes them rise above all other acts. Trost House is one of those acts.
of the city. Their name alone plays homage to the historic building in Sunset Heights, built by Henry C. Trost. “Our
identity by our name alone is very cemented to El Paso,” says Sebastian of their name and why it means so much to them. Trost House started as a duo in 2014, when Dereck Williams and Sebastian Estrada started working on music, and soon enough they recorded their first album in late 2015. Their sound is a cross between punk and alternative, and is selfdescribed as “a West-Texas blend of swirling cleans and howling fuzzies.” For frontman Sebastian, being in Trost House is all about the experiences and bonds he creates with his band members. The band members are big on helping each other become better musicians and writers. “It’s been a really fun growing experience. For me, personally, it’s been really rewarding. I’ve made a lot of good friendships with all the band members and the [music] community. It’s been really fun seeing everyone grow.” That bond goes beyond Trost House as members of the band are very involved in other local acts and are good friends with other musicians in town such as Sorrytown, Back of a Car, The Other Half and If We Were Turtles. You need to see Trost House, live at a show to understand the raw and emotional sound only El Paso bands have. While they don’t plan to release anymore music until late winter, you can catch Trost House at their next show at Love Buzz on November 20th with fellow local acts Fat Camp and State Limbo.
| By: LESLIE SARIÑANA photography by: SIMEON BEARDSLEY |
Comprised of Sebastian Estrada, Dereck Williams and David Vasquez, Trost House perfectly embodies the soul
| By: AUSTIN NORTH photography by: NAYELI TAYLOR |
usic is an integral part of our society—it is such an
comparable to IWWT, provide a clear jumping off point to familiarize oneself
emotionally involved and talent filled industry, whether one
with this style of indie rock. “We started jamming back in high school,” Dave
is a professional or a hobbyist. The El Paso music scene
said, with the band further developing over the past few years. Recently,
has developed immensely in the past year, and there are
they’ve been quite active, playing shows at all of the venues around town,
plenty of active bands that exemplify this development. Where some focus
and they have big plans for the future—keep up with them to find out.
on talent and skill, some focus on the songwriting and the impact a song will have on an individual. Some, however, focus on both.
Of their songs, swirls of ambient guitars glide over upbeat and energetic beats and melancholy vocals, creating a truly enjoyable and fun, yet
Take If We Were Turtles (IWWT), a four-piece indie rock band that has as
emotionally intensive experience. Of the band’s creative process, Dave said
much passion for their instruments as they do in their songwriting. The band
that the band has become more of a democracy, allowing each member
is comprised of members David Vasquez, Luis Bueno, Stephen Aguilar and
to contribute their own parts to the songs. With courageously vulnerable
Daniel Rivera, a versatile matchup of skilled musicians who each manage
lyrics and a mastery of complex guitar techniques, they manage to wow
to add their own flair to each song. “I always tell people we’re indie rock,”
audiences at their live shows, becoming one of El Paso’s most in-demand
said frontman Dave of the
local indie bands out there. “The music scene has changed so much,”
band’s music. The band has a
said Dave, “It used to be really competitive … but in the last two years
unique musical background,
there’s been a sense of community. We’re not just a normal rock band,” he
with varying influences and
said—he feels that IWWT hold a unique spot in this community, with their
upbringings, however, “We’re
unique brand of a specific genre of rock setting themselves apart, sonically,
all really big fans of Minus
from their local peers. Listen to them on Spotify, and keep up with them on
the Bear and TTNG,” said
Dave. These bands, sonically
| By: JACQUELINE PADILLA photography by: PAPA JOE PHOTOGRAPHY |
usic has a way of bringing people together and local band
personal, authentic interactions as a base for our songs that others are able
Dulce Mal is no exception. They use their unique bossa nova
to identify with them as well,” stated vocalist Helen Vargas.
sound to not only speak to their fans, but to unite Ciudad Juarez and El Paso as one. In a span of just three years,
With plans to wrap up 2018 with the debut of their EP, Dulce Mal hopes to
Dulce Mal has let out hits such as “Geminis” and has performed alongside
start the new year by focusing on performing at festivals and touring, both
bands such as Enjambre, Golden Ganga, Little Jesus, Jarabe de Palo and
nationally and internationally such as Ruido Fest in Chicago and Vive Latino
Caloncho, just to name a few. Their reggae flair that inspires everyone in
in Mexico City.
the crowd to dance also stole the show at this year’s Festival Sin Fronteras, Downtown El Paso Street Fest and Neon Desert Music Festival.
However, as the band continues to gain popularity and grow, their roots stay true to who they are. Cumbia-like sounds and smooth Spanish lyrics capture
After completing such huge milestones, Dulce Mal plans to continue to
their audiences. The band acknowledges that El Paso and Juárez have been
share their passion and upbeat melodies with the Sun City. The band plans
a true platform for them. “People have approached us and let us know that
to release their first EP and newest single, “Mamacita,” this November—
although they may not understand the language or the lyrics, that they love
which draws inspiration from the border cities and their own personal
the music and what we are doing.”
experiences while living on the frontera. Pictured in photo from left to right: “Although our music depicts our own stories, we hope that by using
Paulina Ortiz, Mario Galvan, Helen Vargas, Allan Cisneros, Gabriel Silva
arla Riojas is a Spanish artist from El Paso and Ciudad Juárez worth looking out for. Throughout her musical career, she has opened up for major artists like Paulina Rubio, Ely Guerra and Raúl Di Blasio,
and when listening to her voice and songwriting, it becomes immediately clear why she has had these opportunities—she deserves it. Inspired by artists such as Alanis Morissette, Jewel,
| By: AUSTIN NORTH | Interview by: ALYSSA CARDONA | photography by: JUAN CARLOS GARCIA
Juan Gabriel and Lola Beltrán, and with powerfully charged, emotional lyrics regarding love, self-acceptance and mental health, she is an artist with serious ambitions. For Carla, “the most important thing is self-love.” Her music exemplifies this, with heavy topics that are explored in detail. She began making music with a modest start, composing her first song with a family member at a Christmas gathering. “I realized the act was a catharsis,” she said, talking about the emotional release inherent in writing and singing. Realizing that she had the talent to sing, along with her already established talent of playing guitar, she dove headfirst into writing music. Four years after she began to learn to play guitar, she recorded her first album, which was a record full of acoustic songs—“I noticed that people identified with them,” she said of the songs. Fast forward to now—Carla has plans to release her new record “Amo Lo que Soy” that she and her team have spent three years working on. Produced by Manuel Calderon of The Chamanas, the record is “dedicated to those that feel different, be it by their sexual orientation or way of being,” she said. “Depression is always the same but I’m not, I have more tools to confront it,” she describes—a clear theme of the record. Carla finds meaning in the lyrics in her songs when writing, but similarly finds new meaning in them once they’ve existed in the world for some time. Her song “El Dilema” centers around the concept of a forbidden love, however she later realized that the song is better dedicated to her mom. “I was telling her I’d always be with her despite me leaving,” she said. “I feel music has accomplished its purpose in helping me deliver the message that there’s another form to live by,” she said, stressing that music helps people transcend living with labeling ourselves. “Even though people try to make us feel different, as long as we know who we are and own our truth, the world will be better,” she said. Look out for her upcoming album next year, and check out her website carlariojasmusic.com for tour dates, more info and her recent single “Junto A Ti.”
November, 2018 using mariachi with indie rock and clad in all-black traje de
scenes. Working in a music school, Mike crossed paths with Gisselle
charro—complete with dark sunglasses—Tribes is blazing a trail
Lopez, the group’s singer, then just 16 years old. Floored by her talent and
in a genre almost entirely their own.
nonplussed by her age, Mike knew she was the perfect fit for the group.
The nine-member group is the brainchild and self-professed
Along with Gisselle singing and Mike on guitarron, Tribes includes Nate
dream project of El Paso native Mike Hernandez, a classically
Sansom on vihuela, Joe Madrid on guitar, Cindy Cabada and Eddie Garcia on
trained musician with a heart forged in the sweaty basements and crowded
violins, Juan Gonzalez and Mario Guerrera on trumpet and Steve Oropeza
vans of the DIY punk scene. After years spent with punk bands helping
on percussion, adding a “cocktail kit” setup unique to the group—a break
cement the local scene in the early aughts, Mike made his way to Houston,
from traditional mariachi.
joining up with Victory Records signee The Royalty. After an EP, full-length and a few years of touring, Mike made his way back west to El Paso.
Tribes’ first seven-inch was released in July, recorded at Ross Ingram’s Brainville Studio and released with a sold-out party at the Alamo Drafthouse,
In those years, he made the acquaintance of L.A. punks The Bronx, whose
complete with live performance and the premiere of the band’s “Night
side outfit, Mariachi El Bronx, was the first to merge punk rock with classic
Future” music video, shot at the iconic Rosa’s Cantina. With back-to-back
mariachi music. As a longtime student of music with a deep-rooted love
performances at StreetFest and Chalk the Block behind them, Tribes is
for traditional mariachi music informed by a life along the border, this new
looking ahead to its Christmas Pajama Party & Market set for Dec. 16. at
style of music was indeed the best of both worlds for Mike, and Mariachi El
Ardovino’s Desert Crossing. The all-ages, by-donation event will feature
Bronx recruited him for their tour. But he wanted more.
performances by Tribes, Sleepspent, Irie Lee, Table Manners and special performances by “Let There Be School of Rock” and “Sound Stage Nine”
With a clear vision for his new project, and an enthusiastic blessing from
students. Ahead, Tribes will be hard at work in the studio, building up their
the folks of Mariachi El Bronx, Mike set to work finding musicians for his
catalog of releases and working on new music for a full-length record slated
project, drawing members from the ranks of El Paso’s punk and mariachi
for next year, with a tour short to follow.
| By: ZAK HANSEN photography by: BEN CHAVEZ |
here is something distinct about Joisel Pabon. She has an essence to her that is comparable to artists like Lorde, Khalid and Cuco, in that
they are young, talented and as they say, aesthetic AF. She has been
thrown into the midst of up-and-coming artists, turning her warm and
| By: ANDREA MACIAS photography by: JOISEL PABON |
wondrous voice into a giant following. After living in Denver and Puerto Rico, Joisel landed in El Paso, attending Silva Health Magnet High. Her inspiration to sing came from her father, who is also a musician, leading her to become an instrumentalist until high school when she began to train classically. She fell under the guidance of her choir director, Elvin Porflit, throughout that time and after high school, when she decided to start her musical career as an independent contemporary singer-songwriter. “I’ve always loved music, its sound and how comforting it can be on a universal level, it can be a healing tool, a transformative tool or a tool for growth, even,” says Joisel. Since her starting her career three years ago with her first release “Novacaine,” Joisel has continued to work on and develop her sound and genre. She has pulled influences from her environment and its people, from her supporters to artists like Lady Gaga to Travis Scott. Her style is recognizable, relatable and close to the epitome of the younger generation, yet combines influences from the past. Dreamy pop sounds compared to those of the 80s, combined with 90s style rap and R&B, blended with a modern mix wraps up her sensational sound. “I think my music is a bit different than others in its style and writing, I don’t think I’ve ever been able to compare my sound with others … I also think that being a woman in the music scene, or just being a woman in general, comes with its struggles and tribulations, but I want to be able to inspire other women to be themselves as an artist, unapologetically.” Her positive enthusiasm has lead her to successes and performance opportunities at local venues such as the Lowbrow Palace, Club Here I Love You and most recently, her first festival debut at Neon Desert Music Festival. Even with the amounts of success she has seen so far, Joisel realizes that there is still more work to be done. Her focus now is to achieve inspiration and aspire to inspire in everything that she does. Joisel also mentions that she is most excited to show a sense of growth in her voice and maturity in her writing throughout her new content. She is taking her talents and producing works of music that will only garner more attention from people, young or old, in and beyond El Paso. “The El Paso music scene is very important. I don’t say this lightly—the new generation of creatives is amazing, underrated and incredibly talented. I am glad to be a part of it and I think we should push to work together and support each other as much as we can.”
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Parenting November, 2018
Nurturing Self Expression Through Music
| By: JEANNIE STRINGFIELD |
here’s something almost primitive
development are far beyond measure and,
it easier to get into, such as “If you’re happy
about music. It’s as if music was made
simply put, it is just good clean fun.
and you know it clap your hands” or the everpopular “baby shark.” Singing with your kids
to run through our veins. When we hear it, we can’t help but tap our feet
So with all this talk about the benefits of
encourages them to be comfortable with their
and dance to the beat. Even babies dance to
music, what are the easiest ways to expose
voices and allows them to explore their natural
music. Studies show that during pregnancy,
your child to music? What instruments are
talking and singing to your baby will help the
the easiest to learn? Start exposing your child
baby recognize your voice once the baby is
to music by simply listing to it. Put on your
If you’re looking for instruments to start your
born. It is amazing that such simple actions
favorite kid-friendly pandora station and just
child with, the five easiest instruments to
can have such big effects on a child.
let music play in the background as your child
expose your child to are: piano, guitar, drums,
plays. Since we have more access to music
recorder and violin. The piano is said to be the
A study that was done at the University of
than ever before, it is easy to play something
easiest to play because it forms the basis of
Southern California’s Brain and Creativity
on your phone. “Children are born without a
so much music, and it creates sound without
Institute discovered that children who are
musical bias. If they love a song, it’s because
having to do much more than pressing a key.
exposed to music at an early age will actually
they love a song. Their taste in music is pure
It is so important that when you begin their
increase brain development in language and
and untainted by what other people or media
journey into music they have the right attitude
reading skills. Music, although seen as an
tell them they should like.” Since children like
and encouragement so it doesn’t feel like a
art, ignites all areas of a child’s development
music just for the purity of it, be sure to play all
chore to them. Be eager to listen to them
and can be seen through literacy, social
genres of music for them to explore different
practice, explain to them the importance of
development and motor skill development.
sounds. A child’s discovery of music it is one
the instrument and explain how learning little
Exposing children to music not only assists
of the purest ways to witness their personality
notes all build and lead to one amazing song.
them in language development as they learn
develop and see their self-expression. There is no one right way to expose your
sounds, but also helps comprehension as they learn the meanings of words, builds motor
Singing is the easiest way for your kids to get
child to music. The only important thing
skills as they learn to play an instrument and
acquainted to music without picking up an
when it comes down to it is to enjoy your
even assists self-expression through dance!
instrument. Start by singing simple nursery
time with them. Laugh, sing, dance and soak
The benefits of music in early childhood 54
rhymes. If you feel uncomfortable singing,
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ARHip-HoP n o i t u evol November, 2018
| By: AUSTIN NORTH |
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ip-hop, while arguably divisive, has officially taken the place of rock in mainstream media. Its dominance can be seen in our daily lives if you turn on the radio or even just a TV, and this mainstream popularity translates to a richly saturated scene of hip-hop artists—particularly here in El Paso. While it is impossible to ignore the chartdominating phenomenon that is Khalid—the city’s most recent claim-to-fame—El Paso has a music scene that is wildly diverse and is filled with impressive, massively talented artists. From R&B inspired singers to wordsmith rappers, let’s explore the talent the hip-hop scene in El Paso has to offer, and how it helps foster a sense of community in our city.
One such artist that embodies what El Paso’s music scene is all about is Lavell Jones, a rapper who, although born in Georgia, has lived in El Paso his entire life. While he has loved and created music for his whole life, he started to treat it as a profession after high school. He is an example of how the scene is so musically diverse that it can barely be called a hip-hop scene. “Usually when people ask about the genre of my music, it’s super hard to answer. I consider myself
hip-hop/alternative, but it’s really just good feeling music. Real emotional music,” he said. “I don’t believe in the idea of genres,”
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IRie Lee another rising star in this scene who goes by Irie Lee said. “I would want to tap into different styles of music.” He is releasing his newest record “Yellow Forest” later this year, and has lofty ambitions including bridging the gaps between significantly different genres, like R&B and folk. As such, influences of all kind come up when I asked each of them about their music and who they look up to, including Radiohead, Frank Ocean, Jay-Z, The Beatles and even non-musical individuals like Elon Musk and talented painters. The mindset within this scene is so diverse and creative, with artists taking not only sounds but ideas as inspiration as well—ways of life and creative processes to follow. 58 Photo by Palamora
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These artists are only two of many in El
enthusiasm for the city of El Paso, even after
Paso creating hip-hop inspired music, but
only a short time living here, is a wonderful
with unique inspirations. Another such artist,
representation of the positivity within the
Evander Griiim, has risen all the way to the
El Paso music culture, and the support that
level of having a song featuring Gucci Mane,
people show to those with genuine rising
who recently headlined Neon Desert Music
talent in this city.
we’ll see you today Eric sides, m.d.
Festival this 2018. He also mentions that he similarly has appeared and interacted with
One other reason for the success of the
another massive hip-hop star, Lil Yachty,
rising hip-hop scene here is the way this
while embracing his Latino and El Paso roots,
music scene facilitates collaboration and
and is releasing an R&B record titled “Raices
2” later this November. Evander is a prime
every dope artist is a team,” Lavell said.
example of the talent that this city fosters,
He has a group of producers and musicians
and his success is an equally representative
he works with, who he grew up with here
example of the city’s culture as Khalid’s is.
locally. Lavell’s recently released record,
Speaking of Khalid, the 20 year-old mega-
titled “Memento,” is filled with collaborative
star can’t be ignored. His excitement and
credits that each contribute to each song’s
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believe the El Paso music scene is growing,
The record “was supposed to have a good
and I think people who want to [participate
feel from start to end,” and this collaborative
in] it should do it,” Irie said as well. While
mindset no doubt had a part in assisting
there may be politics and a natural level of
Lavell create this mood. Similarly, Lavell
competitiveness, Irie believes that “every
said that “there are super talented bands
artist in El Paso is doing the scene justice,
and people I wanna work with—El Paso
and I mean that with sincerity.”
fosters some good creativity for sure.” “I 60
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“I’ve gotten out of my shell more” because of this creative community, Lavell described. Each artist is unique in some way, from Lavell’s emotional and good vibes-centric rap, to Irie’s wonderfully written R&B and hip-hop sounds, to Evander’s collaborations with major mainstream artists. There are countless other acts in the vicinity of the genre of hip-hop who are active in this scene who are worth mentioning, like Space Captains Collective, Matt U. Johnson and more, all of which you can find on Spotify and most other major streaming platforms. Give these artists a listen, and immerse yourself in El Paso’s culturally rich music scene filled with talent beyond belief and people more dedicated and open-minded than you can imagine.
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UTEP’s Head Men’s Basketball Coach
Rodney Terry | By: ELAINE GORDON |
Coach Terry’s Cookout Favorites
Grilled Salmon, Chicken Kabobs, Corn on the Cob
After the chicken finishes marinating, about 30 minutes, and the salmon continues to marinate,
Rodney Terry is the new head coach
cut the bell peppers into the same size pieces as
of UTEP Men’s Basketball. He comes
2 pounds of chicken breast, cubed
the cubed chicken. Take your skewers and begin
to UTEP after spending the past
2 pounds of fresh salmon
to pierce each piece of chicken with a piece of
seven years as the head coach at
2 cups of Italian dressing for marinating
bell pepper, repeating this process until the entire
Fresno State University. Prior to that,
4-6 ears of corn, husked and washed
skewer is full, alternating chicken squares and
Coach Terry spent nine years as a top
1 teaspoon salt
different colored bell peppers.
assistant coach at the University of
1 teaspoon lemon pepper
Texas. He also had assistant coaching
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Once the kabobs are prepared, start boiling water
1/3 cup of water
in a large pot on the stove and add the prepared
2002) and Baylor (1996-1998). Prior
1/3 cup of soy sauce
corn (husked and washed) and let cook for about
to joining the college coaching ranks,
1/3 cup of brown sugar
he spent five years as a high school
1/4 cup of vegetable oil
coach in the state of Texas.
1 large sealable Ziploc plastic bag
Head outside to the grill, preheat to medium,
2-3 large bell peppers (red, yellow, green)
and lightly brush the grill with oil. Then place the
As head coach at Fresno State, Terry
4-6 metal skewers
kabobs and the marinated salmon, (which has
engineered a turnaround of the Bulldog
1 stick of butter, melted
been marinating for two hours) on the grill. Brush
basketball program that included 20
the kabobs and salmon with melted butter, and
win seasons in four out of his last
carefully turn them over on the grill, keeping the
five years. In 2016, the Bulldogs
Allow at least 2 hours time for marinating.
time to eight minutes or so for each side.
won the Mountain West Conference
Start with the boneless chicken. To
championship and advanced to the
marinate, take the chicken that is already
While that cooks, drain the corn on the cob, brush
NCAA Tournament. Terry’s Bulldog
cut into cubes and soak in Italian dressing
with melted butter and sprinkle salt and pepper to
teams also had other postseason runs,
for 30 minutes. For the salmon, season
taste. Place the corn on a platter.
appearing in the 2017 NIT as well as
with salt, garlic powder and lemon pepper.
the 2014 CBI Championship. Coach
Finally remove the kabobs and the salmon (about
Terry is extremely excited to be at UTEP
Then in a separate bowl, mix the water,
15-16 minutes total cook time) and place on an
and considers UTEP “One of the truly
soy sauce, brown sugar and oil and
additional large platter.
special places in college basketball.”
pour it into a sealable Ziploc plastic bag
along with the seasoned salmon, and refrigerate for about two hours.
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erhaps you’ve seen the drink coasters laying around your favorite bar or seen at least one of the acts they represent at your favorite local music venue. If you’re a frequent local music supporter, there’s a very slim chance that you haven’t run across them. Slowly and surely, in keeping with their namesake, this record label will creep into your playlists and make themselves a prolific avenue for their talent, local and otherwise, to reach the audiences that they deserve. Slow Start Records, which was originally born out of just an idea, is spearheaded by Luis Mota and Jared Putnam, both of whom have delved deep into the world of music, behind and in front of the curtain. “I started in the business as a small punk rock concert promoter in El Paso,” says Luis, “at various clubs around town like Cantina La Tuya, Area 51, Club 101 and House Shows.” Luis then managed his own radio show at NMSU’s KRUX before moving to Albuquerque to work as a talent buyer for ten years, which would lead him to the birthplace of grunge—Seattle’s Crocodile Café. Back in El Paso, Luis was instrumental in bringing Tricky Falls into fruition. “During all this I kept the tour manager gig with bands like Russian Circles, Chelsea
Wolfe and others.” Clearly dedicated to music and the way that it is presented and appreciated by others, Luis’ progression within the scene naturally led him to a desire to give artists the opportunities they needed through a project with Jared, who had experience on the other side of the music scene. Jared has always known that writing and playing music was his passion and calling. “I really got into the local scene, playing and throwing shows in early high school, through the house show scene on the east side in the 90s,” he says. Taking every opportunity he could to tour, Jared decided that music was priority and dropped out of college when his band “Level” caught the attention of an indie label. After the constant chaos of being in a touring band and a move to Los Angeles, Jared decided, in 2006, to leave his touring years behind him and moved back to Texas to work and create his music on his own terms. “It didn’t take long to get wrapped up in it all.” He says, “so, here I am playing and touring full time, all over again.” Jared’s knowledge through firsthand experiencing the life of a traveling artist gives him an upper hand in understanding what it takes to run a label. After a call from a “very motivated Luis Mota,” the two laid the groundwork with their all-encompassing understanding of the music business and began Slow Start Records. “For the most part, we share almost all the responsibilities. We’re more than just a label, we’re also a booking agency, management company and also do show promotion,” says Jared. Although both Luis and Jared worked for years outside of El Paso, it was important for them to bring their hard work back to the sun city. “El Paso
November, 2018 is our hometown, and will always be home. Bringing attention to this town and showing off it’s amazing talent.” So far, Slow Start has scooped up El Paso local dream-pop shoegaze act Sleepspent, who give us more than a taste of those early 90s forlorn tunes with wordsmithing and musical arrangements as seen through the band members’ early-twenties lens, as well as Jared’s own indie pop/rock project “The March Divide.” The label also handles booking responsibilities for San Antonio’s “The Josh Glenn Experiment” and Denverbased “Git Some.” The importance of a record label, especially one based out of an unconventionally musical city like El Paso, is well understood by Luis and Jared, who see the talent that the city is able to produce. “We just hope we’re able to impact the lives and careers of the artists we work with in a positive
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way, leading to a sustainable career, doing what they love,” says Jared. So far, Slow Start has released records for both Sleepspent and The March Divide— “It’s Better If You Don’t Speak or Think” and “Anticipation Pops,” respectively. The label has its crosshairs aimed at greatness and with their current trajectory, they are on their way to be a recognizable and impactful venture. “Our future goals are pretty lofty, there are several sides of the business that we’re hoping to get into in the near future,” says Jared. While the label focuses on cultivating their current talent and establishing their footing, new projects are always on the horizon, with new roster additions as well as expanding their event and show promotion. The duo takes the label’s name to heart, with Jared commenting:
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“It’s definitely not going to be a sprint, but we knew that going in and are in it for the long haul.“
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Dr. Marco A. Castro
A. CASTRO r. Marco A. Castro, D.C., is not your ordinary chiropractor. An El Paso native and 1992 Coronado High School grad, Dr. Castro studied at UTEP before making his way to Portland, Oregon. He then practiced in Denver before making his way home. Dr. Castro began working for the nation’s leading occupation medicine provider, Concentra Medical Centers, back in 2001 alongside Dr. R. Mobus. Upon returning to El Paso, he joined the city’s largest traditional medical group, Physicians Healthcare Associates, PA, where he worked for more than a decade in an urgent care setting before setting off to open various smaller clinics. As an avid action sports athlete who loves snowboarding, mountain biking, MMA, Boxing, BMX, surfing, motocross and all forms of vehicle racing, Dr. Castro finds himself inspired by athletes, who “dig deep into their souls and accomplish the impossible when errors become a matter of life and death.” “I found at the highest pro levels, traditional ball and stick sports revolve a lot around the money, sometimes more than they do around the passion, achievement and quest to accomplish new impossible feats of human performance,” said Dr. Castro. “In action sports, almost every athlete is looking to do something no other athlete in history has ever done or seen before. In action sports, if an athlete messes up or doesn’t perform well, he risks more than a knee injury or shoulder injury—poor performance in this industry puts the competitors’ lives on the line.” At his practice, Dr. Castro treats all types of injuries—think of him as a primary care doctor for diagnosing non-emergent injuries. Taking experience from the pro-athlete injuries he’s treated all over the country, Dr. Castro brings that knowledge home to El Paso. As a pioneer in the field of integrated medicine, Dr. Castro is known as one of the first chiropractors in the U.S. to work alongside traditional medical providers including obstetricians, gynecologists, orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, physiatrists and family medicine providers. A key to Dr. Castro’s success is his willingness to hop on the phone with these many contacts when he doesn’t have all the answers on hand. After all, when doctors and patients communicate and collaborate, the patient wins.
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“I started thinking a lot about the end stages
book full of contacts in the action sports
in my career and what’s important to me
world, Dr. Castro is set to launch a new,
in terms of my accomplishments,” said
Dr. Castro. “Earning and saving money is
program called C3ProSportsMed.
something any motivated person can do. Treating thousands of patients is something
“Thanks to an intro via a racing friend, Paul
any motivated doctor can do. I decided when
Pacillas, I got to meet pro-skater and Subaru
I’m done, I want people to remember Dr. C
Rally Team USA driver Bucky Lasek and Ken
as the famous sports physician that lived
Block’s current spotter Forest Duplessi—
his life to the fullest, dedicated his career
guys I grew up watching and idolizing on TV,”
to helping others and made a huge impact
said Dr. Castro. “From those relationships, I
influencing and improving the lives of action
seized the opportunity to spend the past few
sports athletes around the world.”
years treating and building relationships with other pro-drivers in the Red Bull GRC and
Monster Energy Rallycross series.”
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A Brief History of
| By: ROBERT DIAZ, President of the El Paso County Historical Society photos courtesy of: EL PASO COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY | unset Heights, situated along the western edge of the U.S.-Mexico border between
downtown and UTEP, is a microcosm of
national and local history during the nineteenth and
twentieth centuries. The area consisted of imposing
hills of fine desert sand until the railroads arrived in El Paso in the 1880s. Twenty years later a suburban neighborhood— conceived of by businessman from the eastern and western coasts of the United States—began to prosper, offering a place that uppermiddle class El Pasoans could call home. Nevertheless, by the 1950s, the area suffered the fate of many previously successful American neighborhoods, falling into disrepair. Today, thanks to the efforts of its residents, Sunset Heights remains one of El Paso’s most alluring and historically diverse neighborhoods. Heights as well. Ponce recounts, “The Mexican people stayed Sunset Heights is the product of El Paso’s economic successes and
together … in the El Paso area, the smelter area … or Sunset
population boom which began in 1881. When the first railroads arrived
Heights.” Other early residents included business and civic leaders
in May of that year, approximately 1,000 people lived in present day
Ernst and Olga Kohlberg, and architect Henry Trost.
downtown. Within ten years, the population rose to approximately 10,000. Because of the population increase, New Yorker J. Fisher
By the 1950s, Sunset Heights entered a period of decline. Former
Satterthwaite mapped and developed an eponymous subdivision
mayor Judson Williams recalled, “I guess it began to go down
in the rolling hills north of the city center between 1883 and 1884.
when we had a severe housing shortage and the people then began
Historian Frank Mangan writes, “Lots of El Paso folks laughed at
to turn so many of those fine old homes up there into apartments
[Satterthwaite]. The town would just never go all the way up on top
and things they were never intended to be.” During the 1970s and
of those hills. Too far from downtown.” However, other businessmen
1980s, neighborhood residents took it upon themselves to clean
saw promise in the area. The El Paso Commercial Company bought
up the area. This coincided with the creation of an El Paso Historic
the land in 1899 with the intention of creating an affluent neighborhood
Landmark Commission and Office of Historic Preservation, along with
inspired by those found in San Francisco. That year, the company also
promotion of tax incentives for rehabilitation of historic properties.
held a naming contest for the development. Four El Pasoans shared
After the residents granted approval, the process of designating the
a $50 prize for their submission: Sunset Heights. As the nineteenth
neighborhood as historic commenced. In 1984, the El Paso Historic
century gave way to the twentieth, Sunset Heights was set to
Landmark Commission created the Sunset Heights Historic District,
become a prosperous neighborhood in a rapidly progressing city.
and in 1988, the neighborhood was added to the National Register of Historic Places.”
During the first decades of the twentieth century, Sunset Heights was home to residents from various cultural backgrounds. It was also a
Former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill once said that “All politics
refuge for immigrants fleeing the violence of the Mexican Revolution.
are local.” Arguably, all history is local, too. Sunset Heights is an
Author Joe Lewels, whose grandparents escaped this turmoil, writes,
intersection of people from various cultural backgrounds, national and
“We lived, just barely, on the U.S. side of the Rio Grande in Sunset
local governmental policies, international conflicts, and commercial
Heights…sanctuary for middle and upper-class Mexican families who
ventures. Almost 130 years since the first homes were established
ran for their lives, leaving their homes and personal effects behind.”
on the sandy hills along the Rio Grande, Sunset Heights remains a
El Pasoan Fred Ponce and his family, after facing death threats from
culturally and historically diverse study of progress and preservation
Pancho Villa, immigrated to the United States and settled in Sunset
in our border community.
DENTAL PROFESSIONALS Profiles
Dr. Scott Stein The first thing you notice when walking into Dr. Scott Stein’s practice
However, this dental office isn’t just for jocks. Dr. Stein, a graduate of
is the impressive collection of sports and entertainment memorabilia
Baylor College of Dentistry, has served the El Paso community since 1990
that fills the walls. The gear isn’t just mere decoration—it signifies
when he returned from a three-year stint in the Army. The office boasts
the practice’s unofficial standing as the number one dental office
an experienced 10-person staff, with some of the field’s most cutting
for El Paso’s athletes. Dr. Stein, an inductee in the El Paso Athletic
edge technology. Namely, the practice is one of few in the region that
Hall of Fame, is a competitive bodybuilder and NPC judge for fitness
operates a CEREC machine, an advanced 3D imaging machine that allows
contests. He is a member of the Academy for Sports Dentistry and
Dr. Stein to fit patients with natural looking, all ceramic crowns in just one
handles the dental needs for the US Olympic Team, Chihuahuas,
Rhinos and UTEP Athletics. Beyond elite expertise, the office prides itself on its comfortable, laid back atmosphere and excellent customer service. Dr. Stein stresses the importance of treating his patients like family.
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Dr. Jennifer Wu “Most kids only come to the dentist twice a year… I want our patients to feel excited about coming to the dentist,” Dr. Jennifer Wu expresses. She began practicing in El Paso in 2011, shortly after completing her studies at University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco. Her dedication to providing each patient with a positive experience and quality work is fostered greatly by her own happy memories and experience with her childhood dentist. More than anything, she strives to make her patients feel the way she did during her visits to the dentist as a child. EP Dentistry 4 Kids is equipped with games and activities, creating a fun stress-free environment that not only helps kids relax but thoroughly enjoy each visit. Dr. Wu believes that positive early dental experiences form the foundation for a lifetime of oral health. She is an advocate for non-traumatic dental care and goes to great lengths to ensure her patients are happy in the dental chair. “I treat my patients as I would my own children. We are not just here to work on teeth, we are here to help patients and parents understand the value of good oral care.”
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Connor Family Dentistry Dr. Thomas Connor and his team have garnered
opening up shop in 2005. Despite never having
patients have flowed in quickly throughout the years, with some even coming from faraway places like Cloudcroft and Marfa. Included on that long list of clients are a litany of other dentists who, unable to operate on themselves, choose to go to Dr. Connor when they need work done. What’s more, Dr. Connor, a graduate of UT Health San Antonio, is the official dentist for Miss Texas Earth contestants—a group of women whose very livelihoods depend on the quality of their smiles. The Connor Family Dentistry staff credits their success to high-quality work and great customer service. Boasting some of the industry’s best technology, this familyorientated practice promises customers the most comfortable and comprehensive dental experience possible. Patients are greeted with kindness and are truly made to feel at home. After years of requests, Dr. Connor will finally be opening a second location in east El Paso come November 2018. Eastsiders can look forward to the same excellent service they’ve come to expect from the original branch, but now just a short drive away.
Connor Family Dentistry 840 Redd Rd., Ste. 1B El Paso, Texas 79912 1920 N. Zaragoza, Ste. 107 El Paso, Texas 79938 (915) 581-1771 By: HENRY CRAVER photographed by: JENN MÁRQUEZ
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The Artist’s Rest Stop:
l Paso has long been a special place
been a single agreed upon place for local
they have a gig here or are just passing
for music. Relative to its size, the Sun City
and out of town artists to converge, share
through. Just a little over a year old, the
is a prolific producer of hit musicians, from
creative ideas and most importantly, relax.
Outpost has already put together quite an impressive visitors list. Big names like Little
rock groups like At The Drive-In to recent hip-hop standout, Khalid. What’s more, as a
Enter El Paso’s Outpost, the first location
Dragon, Cuco, Black Bear, Chelsea Wolfe,
metropolitan oasis in the middle of what’s
of a nationwide initiative launched by the
DRAM, Goldlink and Tigers Jaw have already
an otherwise long barren stretch of I-10, our
Participation Agency, a New York City
made it a point to stop by.
city is a relished stop for artists making their
marketing agency. Opened in May 2017,
way across the southwest. Yet, outside of
the Outpost serves as a kind of pitstop for
Located at 2317 East Missouri Avenue, right
the familiar bars and venues, there has never
musicians as its name suggests, whether
off of I-10, the two-story black building sits
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squished between a gas station and a small
and colorful selection of modern furniture,
bank. Needless to say, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nondescript from
potted plants, books, and even a little record
the outside. So nondescript in fact, that while
player. It somehow feels both cold and comfy
sitting in the parking lot before my tour I had
at the same time, if that makes sense.
to double check google maps to make sure I was in the right place. Once inside however,
As aesthetically pleasing as it is, the Outpost is
itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a different story. The whole space is a
practical too. Crammed into its 3,500-square-
comprehensive lesson in eclectic industrial
feet are: a performance area for small shows
interior design. Brushed concrete walls
or improvised jam sessions, a complete
provide the perfect backdrop for a tasteful
bathroom with all the amenities, a Gibson
The Artist’s Rest Stop: The Outpost recording studio, a kitchen stocked with a plethora of health conscious snacks and drinks, a hair salon and multiple spots to kick back and relax. In short, everything a touring artist could ever desire. And all for free. What’s the catch? Well, visiting musicians are required to share a post on social media showcasing at least one of the Outpost’s featured
corresponding hashtags. Still, it’s a pretty sweet deal. While the advantages for the artists and sponsors are obvious, Caroline Vasquez, one of the site’s managers, assured me that the project was good news for the whole community. First of all, the Outpost serves as one big, free PR campaign for the city. Artists now have even more incentive to come to play gigs in El Paso. And, because of the agency’s policy regarding social media, the musicians are guaranteed to highlight
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| By: MICHELLE CROMER |
“MUSIC IS A MORAL LAW.
IT GIVES SOUL TO THE UNIVERSE, WINGS TO THE MIND, FLIGHT TO THE IMAGINATION, AND CHARM AND GAIETY TO LIFE AND TO EVERYTHING. - PLATO
n a freezing July day, several
had never heard such chanting reverberating
that once our ancestors had the horseshoe-
years ago, in the high Tibetan plateau, I
out of small children. Was their experience of
shaped hyoid bone in the throat in a similar
stood in front of the Namtso Lake. At almost
chanting more spiritual than hearing Aretha
position to modern humans, they would have
16,000 feet, it is the highest saltwater lake
Franklin? From the light radiating from their
had the physical ability to sing as we can.
in the world and one of the most sacred and
eyes, I didn’t think so.
That date is over 530,000 years ago!
as a mirror. It lay without a ripple as if time
Music is one of our most powerful gateways
I won’t claim that all music is spiritual, or
itself had been frozen. The vast expanse of
to connect to our spiritual nature, our divine
rather, created and intended for the benefit of
the clear sapphire water reflected the crystal
source, as well as to the universe around us
the human spirit. It would be great if it were.
sapphire sky and I couldn’t tell where the lake
and those other divine beings that inhabit
As Eric Clapton said when asked if music
stopped and the sky started. The only sound
it with us. I know of no other medium that
is essentially spiritual, “For me, the most
I could hear was Aretha Franklin belting out
can transport us as immediately, on all levels
trustworthy vehicle for spirituality has always
“Pink Cadillac” on my iPod. In the distance, I
of our existence, beyond the limits of our
proven to be music.” When music delivers
saw a nomad family with two small children,
intellect and physical body to a higher, often
spirituality, the effect on us, our thoughts, our
both sitting in the lotus position. I took out my
blissful and inexplicable state. Music has the
emotions, our subconscious and even our
earplugs and listened as the children soulfully
unique ability to transform us independently
physical well-being can be quite profound.
chanted a Buddhist mantra. I slowly moved
of our thinking mind, to a place uninhibited by
closer, bowed to the parents and bent down
the judgments, doubts or fears.
holiest sights in all of Tibet. It was as flat
Just as music has helped rescue me from some of the lowest points of my life, it has
in front of the children and gestured to see if they wanted to listen to my music. They
Humans and our music have existed for ages.
been the blissful soundtrack for many of my
immediately held out their cherry-red hands
The oldest discovered musical instruments
most loving memories and the rhythm that
and their little round faces sparkled in wonder.
in the world (flutes made of bones and
continues to propel me forward. For me,
mammoth ivory) are over 40,000 years old.
spirituality and music will never be separated.
As soon as the children heard my music, they
But instruments and song may be far, far
The more music continues to awaken my
began to giggle in a chaotic way; fits and
older. In his book “The Descent Of Man,”
higher aspirations and light the path of my inner
bursts, loud to soft, nothing and then back
Charles Darwin wondered whether our
journey, the more I am inspired to dive deeply
to loud. I knew their heartwarming laughs
language abilities had started with singing,
into the realms of the magical unknown. If
revealed that they had never heard music
and if that was the reason for our pleasure in
words are the limited language of my mind,
coming out of such a small device, just as I
music. By studying fossils, we can establish
music is the limitless calling of my soul.
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Compound design mart businesses know how to adapt
for the band the Dirty River Boys, and soon
and seize new opportunities that present
became concerned about the ways in which
they stored their gear. “Before too long, I
brothers Luke and Ben Wilbanks, is the
was looking into what went into building a
embodiment of this idea—”It’s a constantly
case.” Once word spread, Luke began to get
evolving description, cause every week
orders for cases from all across the country,
we’re finding ourselves in new markets,”
and decided to dedicate himself to the
said Luke. The business began in 2013,
profession. Before too long, Ben stepped in
with his background in advertising, signalling
musicians, and has now grown to include
the start of what is now Compound Design.
architectural paneling, furniture, computer
parts and more.
The technology behind a shop like this is no joke. “We’re a traditional carpentry
The brothers each bring something unique
shop,” Luke explained, “other than our CNC
to the table, coming from different career
Router.” The Computer Numerical Controlled
backgrounds. Luke’s past experiences in
(CNC) Router at Compound Design is part of
production, namely broadcast television and
what allows them to maneuver through so
then music, were what lead him to where he
many different markets.
is now. In 2013, he became the tour manager
“You set up a file on the computer, then the
jumped on the idea of a local business able
machine reads that file and moves accurately
to use this technology.
to half-a-thousandth of an inch,” Ben
described. Technology like this can’t easily
Word has spread of the business, leading
be found elsewhere in-town, as Compound
to Deadbeach Brewery reaching out asking
Design provides their services to businesses
for some projects to be done. Soon after,
that normally outsource the work out of El
Ode Brewing reached out as well for a
Paso. “The CNC Router was a big piece of
small project they wanted done. They began
the puzzle,” Luke said—it allows them to
receiving more requests for work done, but
produce at a quicker rate, and businesses
one order was what pushed them over the 89
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super cool exterior facade. There’s nothing
design shop, rather than mainly making road
else like it in town,” said Luke. If you are
cases. After a large order of cutting boards,
in the area, it is worth stopping by to look
over 400, “we accepted that road cases are
at—the geometric designs on the walls are
a piece of the pie rather than the whole pie.
genuinely unique and visually impactful.
Now everyone tells us that we’re filling a
Another such project that they have worked
niche that this town needed.”
on recently has been to build set pieces for the Coronado High School marching band,
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Another project that they are particularly
cutting a sample piece less than 20 minutes
proud of started when they were contacted
after initially discussing the project, thanks
by Diversified Interiors, asking if they would
to the high-tech CNC technology. “We’re
cut some architectural paneling for the
just here to be as helpful as we can to the
exterior facade of Bel Air Middle School.
community,” Luke said, and it shows in the
Luke and Ben cut over 40,000 square feet of
work that they do.
paneling, and the results are stunning.”It’s a
“We’re keeping our eyes open to opportunities,” Luke said, regarding upcoming projects and plans. With how much Compound Design has diversified their work greatly, they’re constantly on the lookout for the opportunity to do so even more. Luke invites anyone to come in, throw ideas back and forth and come up with a plan to complete whatever project you’ve been struggling with. “There’s a lot of folks out there that are challenged by a project they’re working on … we invite people to just stop in and see.” To find out more info on Compound Design and to reach out to them, check out their website www.compound-design.com and their instagram @compound_design.
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f you’re into sipping coffee
while gaming, I’ve got the perfect
place for you!
Nick and Zoraida Dobard are the owners of The Hive Java Lounge and Glitch Gaming Center, an original business concept where
caffeine and adrenaline intertwine. A year ago, the idea of running not one but two businesses seemed like a huge challenge for Zoraida and Nick, more so because their previous professions were entirely different. Nick was a computer engineer and Zoraida was a teacher. However, they have since grown personally, as individuals, family-wise and business-wise. In Zoraida’s case, she has implemented what she has learned managing a classroom full of students. Maintaining the same consciousness with customers has given her an understanding that, just like students have expectations from her, customers also have them upon walking in and buying their product. Nick on the other hand was always accustomed to being self-employed. “I’ve always been in business for myself, this is the first time I’ve been responsible for other individuals and that was a big challenge for me... dealing with other people’s personalities is really tough,” says Nick.
Glitch gaming is an out-of-this-world place—
to El Paso ready to get to work, and that is
you walk in and the first things that catch
how The Hive Java Lounge was born!
your eyes are the blue laser lights coming at you from every direction. There are
The Hive Java Lounge serves a variety of
computers with sports-like car seats and
hand-crafted coffees, waffles and oats,
neon-lighted keyboards all around. They
and they don’t stop there. They also have
pride themselves on having the only Virtuix
Zoraida’s, a.k.a The Queen of The Hive’s,
Omni in the Southwest, a virtual reality game
homemade syrups, which are part of what
where you can move through the different
separates them from other coffee shops.
environments. As far as gaming consoles,
Another quality that makes them unique is
they’ve got PS4s and Nintendo Switches
their level of customer service and attention.
among others. Aside from games, they also
“At The Hive, we don’t just want you to be a
do computer repairs.
customer, we want to get to know you on a first name basis,” says Nick.
Adventuring into opening a business can be
very exciting, although stressful and risky.
In addition to providing excellent customer
Zoraida and Nick were not settling for less
service, The Queen of The Hive loves to
and went full force. Upon inaugurating Glitch
make her customers feel extra special,
Gaming Center, they wanted to provide
and she’ll occasionally write personalized
drinks and refreshments for their gamers.
quotes on the cups before handing it over
They decided to acquire a few Keurig coffee
to her customer. When I asked her how the
makers but, unwilling to conform, they
idea originated, she opened up and told me
aimed higher. Zoraida and Nick invested in
she suffers from anxiety, also adding that
a trip to Arlington and enrolled at the Texas
doing a business while struggling with her
Coffee School for an intense week, where
anxiety is like a triple whammy, but learning
they learned the science behind coffee and
to have inner self-conversations about her
the magic behind delivering a perfect and
feelings has given her strength to face it.
delicious coffee. Motivated, they came back
Her struggle with anxiety has created a
November, 2018 mental health dialogue within her family, and her being more vocal about it has created more consciousness around her. Through her experience she is more aware that others might be suffering from anxiety or in general having a bad day, and doing something that small can make a difference in someone’s day. The Queen would like to let others know that despite living with a mental illness or not, it is possible to accomplish things day-by-day, and she asks of others to remember to be kind to one another, because we never know what someone else might be going through. We are all in this together. Nick and Zoraida are an entrepreneurial power couple that have found support in each other throughout their business and their marriage, and they plan to keep doing so for a long time. If you’re looking for a new place to try, drop them a visit at The Hive Java Lounge and while you’re there, cool off the stress with a little adrenaline at Glitch Gaming Center.
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hosting over 470 episodes so far of his weekly video blog, “Dan The Man’s Weekly,” where he “shouts out” and shows support to countless locals and events. One of his many passions to feature on his blog is music, having shown support for some of his favorite local and regional acts like “The Voice” contestant Elia Esparza, Texas country heroes The Dirty River Boys and indie rock band Sleepspent. You can also catch Dan at The Barbed Wire Open Mic Series performing his poetry slam. His passion for El Paso and his love of the community shines through in everything he does, and you’d be hard pressed to find someone more in-the-know and involved in this city’s happenings. Thanks for your support Dan!
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itting next to a slowly flowing river
as you are engulfed in a greenness,
various birds chirp around you, the
buzz and music of a locust and
crickets in melodic harmony exchange
chords. If I said you were still in El Paso
would you believe me? Well to appease all
who doubt me on a regular basis, again, you
are wrong. Welcome to the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park
which hugs the Rio Grande and the U.S. Mexico Border. This natural habitat provides an oasis in an expansive
desert and is as much a part of the history of this land
as the historic Mission a few minutes down the road. Socorro is more than a district, it is its own city. We,
as El Pasoans oftentimes dismiss this and just bunch Socorro into El Paso and call it a day. When you take the quick trip there, establish your base and fall into the history that is Socorro.
To start your guide we have to take it back to the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park. The 372 acre park is now under
the watchful and protective eyes of UTEP, providing an
educational, research and preservation backed focus.
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Maybe the grass and animals and bugs aren’t really up your alley. Socorro also houses one of the four missions that amass the historic mission trail in our region. Stepping through the façade transports you to the days of old. The closest mission to the park is the Socorro Mission, but you are a traveler and that doesn’t mean you aren’t up for a little more adventure, right? To your west you have the Ysleta Mission and to your east you have the San Elizario Mission. When visiting the Socorro Mission it is important to remember the grit and drive of those that came before. The original mission has been swept away and destroyed twice already and rebuilt time and time again. It is the heartiness of the region and the people that keep it rising again and again. Explore, learn something about those who came before us, the wildlife that exists around us and get lost in Socorro for a bit.
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ast month I talked about how to update
the lighting in your bathroom. I also
shared with you that I decided to move
my home makeup studio to a larger space
and realized that I needed to have my husband paint the room an off white color. This
month, I’ll explain how the
color you choose for your
bathroom wall can impact your color choice for makeup. You need to make sure that what you see in the mirror is what others see when you leave your home.
The color reflecting off the bathroom walls
Most colors on your face will reflect the blue,
can make your makeup look totally different
except for red tones. Any reddish spot—like
outside than how you perceived it to be as you
acne or under eye circles—will absorb the
were applying it. A white or off-white color is
blue by darkening and accentuating the area.
best on your bathroom walls. Any reflected
Orange toned makeup like blush and bronzer
light will be neutral and application of colored
will appear brown. Red and pink lipsticks look
makeup will look its truest against it. It also
deeper and darker; blue eye makeup stands
helps to keep an upbeat frame of mind while
applying makeup and, since white is fresh, I find it helps evoke feelings of happiness.
Orange Walls can have a remarkable effect on makeup. Reds and oranges in the skin tone are
Let’s talk about colors: yellow, blue and
reflected back strongly. This can have a
orange, and why you should not paint your
flattering, warm effect on the skin that
bathroom walls these colors in any variation.
disguises small blemishes and uneven skin tone. On the other hand it can highlight red
tones in the skin, which can highlight acne
can be flattering for the skin, but it looks
and rosacea. Small blemishes and under eye
warm because of the lack of blue, which
circles disappear in the orange glow. Pink
changes how your makeup is perceived—you
colors can look more coral, as it reflects back
can look sallow and sick. Gold tones, such
mostly orange with very few blue hues. Red
as a golden highlighter or gold eye makeup,
makeup will stand out strongly, and blush can
will be accentuated. Blue tones in lipstick or
quickly overwhelm the face. Blue and green
eye makeup will be diminished. The skin will
tones do not show up at all. Bronze, brown
appear to look more even, reducing the need
and orange makeup is showcased.
for foundation and concealer; it looks very different when you go outdoors.
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we swear by until the end. While it may work well for what you want,
whether it is a cleanser, hairstyling product or moisturizer, it’s worth exploring and seeing if there’s something out there that you might just like a bit more. I previously talked about the Aesop Amazing Face Cleanser, which I picked up in San Francisco after forgetting to pack my regular cleanser in my dopp kit (a sturdy canvas one from Wise Men’s Care). Had I not forgotten my usual facial cleanser, it would have been a while until I came across a new old faithful. In light of that, here are some alternatives that are worth a shot at shaking up your current routine with new scents, textures and benefits.
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Too often, we think that a good cleanser should leave the skin
endured the constant stress of having a razor taken to it every
literally squeaky clean. If that is the case with your cleanser, then
morning. Counteract the effects of this harsh process by treating
you’re doing your skin a disservice by stripping it of its naturally
your skin instantly after shaving to ease off the irritation with this aloe
occurring and necessary oils and nutrients. A cleanser and exfoliator
vera-based formula. No matter how much experience we may have
all in one, this cleanser works its best to remove any buildup on the
with shaving, razor burn can still happen, and for that a soothing balm
skin as well as clearing out pores. The gel becomes a thick lather
does just the trick. Gently spread this lightweight balm with the grain
that lifts away dead skin while maintaining the skin balanced and
of your hair growth in order to avoid causing ingrown hairs. Follow
ready for moisturizer.
with a fragrance-free moisturizer to help your skin heal quickly—after all, you did just take a razor to it.
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As a fan of citrus-scented anything, there’s no surprise that I would
pomade also includes shea and cacao butter which works as a hair
include this nothing-short-of-luxurious wash. The uplifting fragrance
moisturizer, maintaining the integrity and texture of your hair instead
lingers on the skin after use and leaves it with a fresh and soft
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every day. That’s why referrals are at an all-time high. More and more doctors are incorporating a wish into the treatment process. Wishes are a catalyst for hope. They reunite families and give a child something to look forward to and think about while enduring the unthinkable. With more kids waiting on their wish to be granted than ever before, Make-A-Wish relies on its dedicated volunteers, wish granters and corporate partners to help bring these transformational wishes to life.
In August, wonderful partners Topgolf and the El Paso Chihuahuas hosted 10 different wish reveals and sendoffs to make each wish experience that much more impactful. August was “Make-A-Wish” month at Topgolf. Not only did they create a special blue-filled donut that, when purchased, proceeds benefited local kids in need of a wish, but also hosted five different surprise wish reveal parties! Each wish reveal was different, but each just as magical as the next. The fine folks at Topgolf went out of their way to make each wish kid, family member and friend feel extra special and excited for the wish. Some even discovered golf talents they didn’t even know they had!
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not expect what came next. Ana and Leonel threw one heck of a surprise pool party to let her know that her wish was coming true. To be able to grant life-changing wishes for kids when they need them most, Make-AWish relies on the generosity of partners like Topgolf, entities like the Chihuahuas and wish granters like Ana and Leonel. There are so many ways to get involved with this fantastic organization. To make a life-long impact on a child with a critical illness and their family, visit ntx.wish.org to volunteer, refer or donate. As the MLB Playoffs roll on, who doesn’t
In El Paso, there are some tremendously
And don’t forget about Walk For Wishes, one
love a good day at the ballpark? Well the
dedicated and creative wish granters. Two
of two local Make-A-Wish signature events
El Paso Chihuahuas generously hosted
of them, Ana and Leonel Ortega, have
here in El Paso! Walk For Wishes is set for
five different surprise wish reveals on-field
gone above and beyond to make the wish
Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Fountains at
to help maximize each child’s and family
experience both unique and everlasting for
Farrah. We can’t wait to see you there. Thank
member’s wish experience! From throwing
kids across the El Paso area. Recently, the
you for your support of Make-A-Wish and for
out the first pitch, to taking photos and
dynamic duo granted a wish for Rubi. Rubi,
helping to be the turning point for children
getting autographs, to enjoying the game
whose one true wish was to go to Hawaii, did
battling critical illnesses.
as a VIP in a suite, the Chihuahuas certainly went all-out! Do you know any Make-A-Wish volunteers? How about any wish granters? Do you know what a wish granter is? At Make-A-Wish, volunteer wish granters are the people who meet with the child battling critical illness to talk about everything they love and eventually see what their one true wish would be. Then, they work with the Make-A-Wish office and get creative to not only plan the wish, but also surprise the child to tell them their one true wish is coming true! Everything is funded by Make-A-Wish thanks to amazing partners and generous donors with little to no cost taken on by the wish granter.
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indos is a small, coastline town, about an hour’s drive from Rhodes’ capital city. As our tour bus maneuvered the twisty turns above it, I heard passengers gasp when the edge of the cliff cut back to reveal the sparkling turquoise waves and colorful boats of Lindos harbor. I was instantly reminded that in another language “linda” means beautiful, and although the Greeks may not have known this when they named the
town, it seemed appropriate to note. My mission in Lindos was to reach the town’s Acropolis—a daunting feat because it is at the top of a REALLY high hill. Our bus driver, Yanni, had already explained that “Acropolis” means “the highest building” and that many Greek towns and cities have one, usually in the form of a temple dedicated to a specific god from Greek mythology.
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intrinsic part of Greek tradition. Especially
so when I stood at the bottom of that hill and
looked all the way up to the top, I decided to
landscapes are rocky and hilly, this feisty
invest another 6 euros and hitch a ride.
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donkey was sure-footed and friendly. The saddle was perfect—it felt like a padded chair. In fact, the experience was great fun and by the end of our trek, about three quarters of the way up the hill, I adored him. At the peak of the cliff (and most visible from land and sea below) was the temple of Athena. It is a wondrous collection of gigantic marble columns that span a large, stepped platform. All around this temple are other ruins, each with its own fascinating history based on Mycenaean, Byzantine or Knights of the Order eras. One in particular caught my eye, but not for reasons you’d think. In it, perched like the Great Sphinx of Giza, lay a blue-eyed wild tabby cat, masquerading as the guardian of its treasure. In fact, Greece is full of wild cats that eerily gather in ancient sites. I am certain they have a connection to the
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mystical energy that is palpable at every turn. After a 30-minute decent on foot, I stopped to rest at the Coptic Chapel of Santa Maria, internationally recognized for its elaborate mosaic floor, frescoed walls, domed ceiling, gold and silver “artesancto,” hand-carved olivewood and an impressive exhibit of ancient relics. In a nutshell, Lindos is lovely and deserves a spot on your bucket list. Oh, and a special
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| By: JESSE MAYNES | 1 package egg noodles 4 stalks green onion, sliced 1 package tofu, extra firm
Draining the tofu is essential for crispy edges 1.
the spicy, savory, smoky, noodley? I can go on and
on but, thankfully, I can consistently go to Asian flavors for the best of everything. It’s not a hugely explored area in my home kitchen, though I’m trying to change that, but I’ve been lucky enough to get a few dishes down so that my roster is growing. I wanted to break away from the usual “in-season” flavors but I also wanted to stay true to the “warm” feeling food can and should give you this time of year. This dish is easy to make and feeds a bunch of people, and is great for staying in and having something different. The sweet and burned chili marinade is almost “campsite” worthy, mixed with the sesame noodles, bean sprouts and baby radish. It’s a perfect bite of texture and flavor. If you need another reason to try this, just know that tofu is super cheap and holiday seasons can be expensive—shop smarter, not harder. One Love.
Remove tofu from package and get rid of any water. Next,
of that. Place another 4-5 paper towels on top of tofu then a heavy bottomed pan, preferably cast iron. Let sit for 30 minutes to drain any remaining liquid. 2.
While tofu drains, prepare marinade/sauce. In a deep medium mixing bowl combine hoisin, soy, sugar, ginger,
1/2 teaspoon grated ginger, fresh
garlic, sambal oelek. Whisk until evenly incorporated, cover and set aside. 3.
Uncover tofu, cut into bite sized cubes and place in marinade, gently stir to evenly coat. Once evenly coated,
1 tablespoon olive oil 4 tablespoon sesame oil
I want, and at the moment I want it all. The sweet,
On a plate, place 4-5 paper towels down then tofu on top
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
get what I want. There are just times I want what
we have to drain as much liquid as we can from the tofu.
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
’m greedy in the kitchen—I’ll throw a fit if I don’t
cover and let marinade at room temp for 30 minutes. 4.
While tofu marinates, bring a cast iron pan up to a medium/ high heat. Sear tofu on all sides in small maintainable
1 tablespoon chili paste (sambal oelek)
batches. The marinade can burn easily, so maintain heat and cooking quantity. Once charred, remove from pan
Top with baby radish and bean sprouts
and set aside. Add 2 tablespoons sesame oil to remaining marinade and whisk together. Pour sauce over tofu and cover to keep warm. 5.
Bring 5-6 cups of water to boil, add egg noodles and boil for 4-5 minutes. Make sure to break apart any stuck noodles. Once cooked through, drain and add to medium mixing bowl, pour in 2 tablespoons sesame oil and green onion, toss to evenly distribute.
Serve tofu side by side with the egg noodles, top with mung bean sprouts and baby radish or cilantro.
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The City Calendar
A CHRISTMAS FAIR
Judson F. Williams Convention and Performing Arts Center
::: NOVEMBER 4
A Christmas Fair is an annual shopping gift market, held by the Junior League of El Paso. This classic El Paso tradition hosts hundreds of merchants, so there is something for everyone. Admission: Free Info: jlep.org/a-christmas-fair
7:00 p.m. The Plaza Theater The comedian, award winning actress and woman with a special on Netflix is back to make you laugh out loud with “An Evening of Laughter and Reflection” at the Plaza Theatre. Admission: $65 Info: elpasolive.com
ALLEY PLANTS OF KERN PLACE AND RIM ROAD ::: November 3
9:00 a.m. Tippi Teas Stanton Join the Rim Road and Kern Place one-mile plant walk to explore and learn about our native fauna. Admission: Free Info: celebmtns.org/events
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
2:00–8:00 p.m. Concordia Cemetery Join in on the cultural celebration commemorating our lost loved ones. Artists and vendors, live music and events will be held. Admission: $5 Info: concordiacemetery.org
9:00 a.m. San Elizario Church The 22nd Annual Veterans Parade and Celebration will be held on Saturday, November 10. The parade starts at 9 a.m. at Thompson Rd and Socorro Rd and heads east on Socorro Road to Main Street in San Elizario, ending at Veterans Memorial Plaza in front of the San Elizario Church. Presentations will begin after. Admission: Free Info: SanElizarioHistoryDistrict.org
BIG BEND EXCURSION ::: November 9
Every year the Fort Bliss Outdoor Recreation hosts their Big Bend Excursion for anyone who feels like having an adventurous day kayaking, rafting or hiking. This year is no exception! The excursion runs from November 9 through the 12. Admission: $200 Per Person Info: Call (915) 744-1532
::: November 10
10:00 p.m. The Lowbrow Palace Georgia indie rock band Of Montreal performs with Reptaliens and locals Fat Camp at the Lowbrow Palace. Admission: $19 Info: lowbrowpalace.com
::: November 3
22nd ANNUAL VETERANS PARADE ::: November 10
::: November 2-4
GHOST-A PALE TOUR NAMED DEATH ::: November 9
8:00 p.m. The Plaza Theater Grammy award winning Swedish rock band GHOST brings El Paso their “A Pale Tour Named Death” concert. Admission: $34 Info: Call (915) 231-1100
3OH!3 and EMO NITE
::: November 13
7:00 p.m. The Lowbrow Palace Partake in the country-wide sensation that is Emo Nite, a celebration of throwback hits and 2000’s emo music, with special guests 3OH!3. Admission: $38 Info: lowbrowpalace.com
A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS ::: November 27
::: November 17
Arts Festival Plaza Downtown El Paso Live, the Hospitals of Providence and Providence Children’s Hospital host skating and other winter-themed family events downtown, starting November 17 through to the rest of the year. Admission: Free Info: winterfestep.com
8:00 p.m. Abraham Chavez Theater Transport yourself to the golden age of entertainment with jaw-dropping magic, world-class circus acts and live musicians. Admission: $29.75 Info: .Call (915) 231-1100
VIVA LOS MUERTOS FESTIVAL ::: November 17
2:00–10:00 p.m. El Maida Shrine Auditorium Come to this free, family-friendly event at the El Maida Shrine Auditorium to honor lost loved ones, look at talented artists’ work and eat great food from local food trucks. Admission: Free Info: visitelpaso.com
::: November 30
7:30 p.m. Magoffin Auditorium By popular demand and because it would not be a full November without it—the nutcracker is back one night only! Tickets available for purchase via Ticketmaster or at the UTEP Ticket center and prices are $15-25. Admission: $15-25 Info: Call (915) 747-5234
NB RIDAZ REUNION
::: November 24
6:00 p.m. The Plaza Theater The boys NB Ridaz, Zig Zag and Dos are taking you back in time with their hip-hop hits “Pretty Girl,” “Lost In Love,” and more at the Plaza Theatre. Admission: $45 Info: Call (915) 231-1100
The Trost Society hosted their 3rd annual Rebuilding Trost fundraising event featuring Paul Foster. Guests On Sept. 27th,
were treated to live music, an art auction and a Q&A with Mr. Foster in the beautifully restored Centre Building. | Photos by: JENN MĂ RQUEZ |
Ella Blu boutique
On Oct. 3rd, sponsored Beauty, Baubles & Bubbles–a night of shopping, entertainment and pampering to
benefit FEMAP. | Photos by: ANDY MARTINEZ |
The City Magazine kicked off Fashion Week in conjunction with
Bazaar Model Management, Southwest Plastic Surgery and Fox Lexus of El Paso on Oct. 4th at Mesa Street Grill.
We unveiled our October issue
before a huge crowd and celebrated with live music, cocktails and a fashion show by Bazaar Models. | Photos by: JENN MĂ RQUEZ |
13th annual Friends of FEMAP International Gala was held on Oct. 5th at Grace The
Gardens Event Center. Titled “A Night With the Stars,” this glamorous evening celebrated 45 years of FEMAP and their dedication to improving the quality of life for those living in poverty. | Photos by: JENN MÁRQUEZ |
BMW of El Paso celebrated the grand opening On Oct. 9th,
of their newest and most advanced dealership. Not only was there great food and entertainment, but you also got to explore their new state-of-theart facility!
| Photos by: JENN MĂ RQUEZ |
On Oct. 18th, El Paso men came together and strapped on women’s shoes to
“Walk a Mile In Her Shoes” at the 9th annual YMCA event
that raises awareness of issues of family violence. | Photos by: JOSH SANCHEZ |
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addition to the block is a welcoming place to satisfy your cravings.
The Downtowner $$ 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.
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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
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lunch specials available daily and a convenient pick-up window is accessible for family dinners on the go. PR
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Jerusalem is a low-key eatery where you can find authentic gyros,
There’s no better place to relax and grab a bite to eat than W3H. Nominated
baba ghanoush, shish kababs and more. Their appetizer combo is
as El Paso’s best tacos, stop by today and see why we’re becoming El
complete with hummus, baba ghanoush, grape leaves, spanakopita
Paso’s go-to spot for catching a game and eating some good food. “We
and falafel. Your tastebuds will enjoy this retreat to an amazing
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array of dishes. Serving El Paso Authentic Italian Cuisine since 1948 • Private Party Room • Beer & Wine • Outside Dining • Live Music Thur. to Sat. • We cater large or small events
The State Line
1222 Sunland Park Dr. I (915) 581-3371 Enjoying delicious authentic BBQ from The State Line. Based on four principles: offer the highest quality smoked BBQ, provide generous portions at affordable prices, offer friendly table and bar services and www.thecitymagazineelp.com celebrate the heritage of Texas. Come on by to enjoy!
Italian Kitchen West
450 Thorn Ave. | (915) 842-0775 Enjoy boundless savory Italian classics either at their outdoor Italian.Kitchen. Westpatio
or intimate and comfortable atmosphere inside.www.theitaliankitchenelpaso.com Italian Kitchen West m is doling out classic pizzas, mouth-watering pastas with great wine pairs and Italian meat entrees. Stay local, but enjoy the cuisine from 139 an ocean away. O, PR
Mesa Street Grill $$$
150 Sunset | (915) 585-0801
3800 N Mesa St., Ste D1 | (915) 532-1881
Whether you’re looking for brunch, a quick lunch or a nice sit-down dinner
Mesa Street Grill introduces their newest dessert creation – the Pineapple
with views of El Paso’s sunsets, you will find all that you need at The
Crostata. This refreshing blend of pineapple, cinnamon and nutmeg is
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150 W. Castellano Drive Ste. D | (915) 229-6674
5860 N. Mesa St. Suite 130 | (915) 307-3346
Nosh creates delicious, freshly made, craft salads & prepared food items. A
Gusto is El Paso’s newest and most unique restaurant on the west
sustainable, fresh and fun concept, NOSH focuses on providing El Paso with
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November Advertiser INDEX Ben Bridge Jewelers.....................................................Pg. 11
Benjamin Law Firm........................................................Pg. 70
Lucchese Boots.............................................................Pg. 91
BMW of El Paso............................................................Pg. 71
Mesa Street Grill............................................................Pg. 45
Casa Buenavista........................................................ Pgs. 6, 7
Mix/Milan Salon & Day Spa.........................................Pg. 107
Connor Family Dentistry................................................Pg. 30
Nicholas Reyes Hair Salon...........................................Pg. 109
Edge of Texas..............................................................Pg. 123
Ortho El Paso...............................................................Pg. 122
El Paso Behavioral Health System.................................Pg. 90
Park Tavern....................................................................Pg. 17
El Paso’s Children’s Hospital.........................................Pg. 87
Slow Start Christmas Party............................................Pg. 27
El Paso Museum of Art...............................................Pg. 143
El Paso Rhinos...............................................................Pg. 99
Southwest Plastic Surgery............................................Pg. 15
El Paso Spine Center.....................................................Pg. 55
Southwest University at El Paso............................... Pgs. 2, 3
Elyse Simons Beauty...................................................Pg. 114
Spectrum Technologies...............................................Pg. 137
Farmers Insurance.......................................................Pg. 123
Sugar Skull Fashion Boutique......................................Pg. 141
Five Star Painting.........................................................Pg. 121
Sun City Orthopaedic & Hand Surgery Specialists........Pg. 59
FPI Management...........................................................Pg. 93
Table Occasions.............................................................Pg. 80
GECU.................................................................... Inside Front
The Angry Owl Grill.......................................................Pg. 67
The Black Orchid Lounge..............................................Pg. 25
Grace the Psychic Lady.................................................Pg. 81
The Hospitals of Providence..................Pgs. 116, Back Cover
High Society Limousines.............................................Pg. 103
The Italian Kitchen West................................................Pg. 81
Hotel Indigo...................................................................Pg. 60
The State Line...............................................................Pg. 31
Humane Society of El Paso...........................................Pg. 86
Vanities Jewelry & Gifts, Inc............................................Pg. 1
Indicium Display Network.................................. Pgs. 113, 127
InVogue Rejuvenation....................................................Pg. 63
Walgreens................................................................. Pgs. 4, 5
Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino.................Pg. 9
Institute Regenerative Medicine...................................Pg. 31
Workforce Solutions Borderplex..................................Pg. 115
Wyatt Underwood Trial Lawyers...................................Pg. 33
Johnny Carino’s Italian...................................................Pg. 24
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