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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






Technology in 1998, and was focused on the growth and development of the company for several years

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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.

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Beto O’Rourke

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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for years to come.



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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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Charity Register november Opportunities to Give & Support Special Olympics Casino Night | November 9 Join Special Olympics Texas Area 19 El Paso in their annual Casino Night fundraiser. There will be gaming tables with blackjack, craps and roulette, as well as a silent auction. Enjoy the night with friends, good food and great fun for a great cause.

Dance For Dreams | November 18 This scholarship fundraising event is designed to support and provide new opportunities to local amateur athletes, helping them steer clear of at-risk environments and situations. Come celebrate the art of dance and support talented locals.

Kemarah’s Chasing Rainbows 3rd Annual Fundraising Gala | November 30 Enjoy a night of dinner (featuring El Paso’s famous Michelino’s pasta), desert, craft beer and wine flights, live music and a live auction to benefit Kemarah’s Chasing Rainbows, an organization with the intention of inspiring and bettering the lives of children with health issues and hardships.

Snowmen for Children Pajama Party | December 1 Mike Dee’s Big Adventure is an organization that focuses on ability, rather than disability—join other families at the Alamo Drafthouse to watch the Polar Express, participate in the silent and live auctions, and don’t forget to wear your pajamas. Proceeds go towards Mike Dee’s

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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

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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.

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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.”

by “challeng[ing] the community to go out and

The kind of environment that venue owners

support jazz and live music in general.”

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.


November, 2018


| 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.


November, 2018


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.


Comprised of Sebastian Estrada, Dereck Williams and David Vasquez, Trost House perfectly embodies the soul


November, 2018

| 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

instagram @i_w_w_t.

Dave. These bands, sonically


November, 2018



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


November, 2018


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 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 |


November, 2018


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.”


November, 2018



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Parenting November, 2018

Nurturing Self Expression Through Music



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

musical abilities.

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,

in every minute of pure JOY with your child.

start with something with directions—it makes

November, 2018

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ARHip-HoP n o i t u evol November, 2018



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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

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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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IRie Lee

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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

Serves 4-6

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

seven minutes.

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.

Bon Appétit!

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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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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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With his unwavering passion and address

“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

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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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November, 2018


A Brief History of

Sunset Heights


| 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.


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 EP Dentistry 4 Kids 1502 N. Zaragoza Rd El Paso, Texas 79936 (915) 855-4442

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.”



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.

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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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The Outpost

| By: HENRY CRAVER photography by: AUSTIN NORTH |

squished between a gas station and a small

and colorful selection of modern furniture,

bank. Needless to say, it’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

it’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

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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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been several bands that have never even been to Texas, so it’s always a funny thing to explain to bands that not everyone in Texas rides a horse to work kind of thing.” Caroline emphasized that most newcomers are eager to explore the Borderland’s rich bi-national culture. Local El Pasoans hanging around the Outpost are always happy to fill them in, share experiences, answer questions and, of course, offer recommendations on the area’s best Mexican restaurants. Artists leave the Outpost feeling good, well rested and well fed. Beyond being physically rejuvenated, they are thankful to have experienced, and indeed contributed to, the very special part of the world that is El Paso.




November, 2018

spiritualit y




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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The El Centro District is rich with El Paso culture, from iconic stores and neighborhoods to art and food. Checking it out is a must, with these following spots being some of its most significant destinations.


Dave’s Pawn Shop is one of the most iconic

downtown El Paso spots, full of major historic artifacts and oddities that are guaranteed to fascinate just about anyone. Stop by, and ask to take a look at Pancho Villa’s literal trigger finger while you’re there.

Bar Hopping

One of the most notable bars in the city is The Tap, located in the El Centro District. Their claim to fame includes a seriously impressive accolade—their nachos are 84

featured on multiple national best-of lists—and they’ve got some seriously great food to compliment the classic beers and drinks they serve.

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el centro district


Barrio Skate Shop is a gem for those who love the sport of skating, as it is one of the premier skate shops in El Paso. Located in the heart of the El Centro District, the store boasts quality products and staff and is worth dropping by, even if just to look and appreciate.


Check out Coco Loko’s instagram for a complete understanding of what they are all about. This restaurant is well known in the city for having great food—try their locallyfamous seafood and micheladas.


Head to Father Rahm Avenue to take a look at the gorgeous murals inspired by Father Rahm himself, who is recognized by the city as a significantly influential and positive community figure. Appreciate the talent and artistry that went into these murals, and the inspiration behind them.


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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

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edge of considering themselves a full-on

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.”

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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

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“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 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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f you’ve ever been to a City Magazine event, you’ve probably

seen Daniel Tennessee Jr., better

known as Dan The Man. Dan is one

of El Paso’s staunchest supporters,

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.

Flora and fauna a many make this land so rich in life and biodiversity. Man and nature truly cohabitate here and the best part is, the walking trails provide a level of ease

for any patrons to explore history around them! If you

don’t feel like adventuring alone and want a little more

guidance in your life (don’t we all) UTEP offers tours twice a month.

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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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weight-lift, including these movements into an exercise program, at least three times a week.

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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.

White Walls

Blue Walls

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

out dramatically.

applying makeup and, since white is fresh, I find it helps evoke feelings of happiness.

Colored Walls

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

Yellow Walls

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.

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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 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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It’s the

| By: MARIE MOORE photography by: ALAN MOORE |


t r av e l

If walls could talk,

they’d ask for


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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TOFU Chef’s tip

| 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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November 2018

The City Calendar





Judson F. Williams Convention and Performing Arts Center


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:

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:




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:



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:


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:



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:



::: November 3

22nd ANNUAL VETERANS PARADE ::: November 10


::: November 2-4


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:

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::: 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:


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



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:


::: 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



::: 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!

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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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Anson 11 $$-$$$

Park Tavern

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

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

Anson 11 is two exceptional dining experiences dedicated to the

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

military man, the gentleman and the food connoisseur that was

new lunch and dining experience in downtown. With many options

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

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

11 is the restaurant to go to. PR, H

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



The Downtowner $$ 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.


Prices: $ - Low Priced Patio/Outdoor Seating - O

$$ - Medium Range Dog Friendly- DF

Edge of Texas


8690 Edge of Texas St. | (915) 822-3343 Located in the far east, this is definitely worth the drive! Eat the best steak you’ve ever had and enjoy the saloon.

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

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Mi Piaci





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

and gently homemade pasta from Italy. O

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

Jerusalem Grill $$

Westside’s 3rd Hole

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

1035 Belvidere Suite 168 | (915) 584-5577

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

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

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

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

complete with hummus, baba ghanoush, grape leaves, spanakopita

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

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

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


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

The State Line


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

Italian Kitchen West


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

or intimate and comfortable atmosphere Italian Kitchen West m is doling out classic pizzas, mouth-watering pastas with great wine pairs and Italian meat entrees. Stay local, but enjoy the cuisine from 139 an ocean away. O, PR



The Kitchen

August, 2018

Mesa Street Grill $$$


150 Sunset | (915) 585-0801

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

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

Mesa Street Grill introduces their newest dessert creation – the Pineapple

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

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

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

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

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

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

P, H, DF, PR






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

side. It features international cuisine that blends European with Latin-

healthy and delicious meals. Whether you’re on a specific diet or not, Nosh has

American flavors. Gusto will transport you to a different place with

something wholesome for you - including vegan, vegetarian, keto and paleo

a totally new taste experience. Enjoy lunch, dinner and drinks in a

options. P

modern environment. PR


Cattleman’s Steakhouse


King Crab $$$

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

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

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

You can’t get seafood like this anywhere else in El Paso. With Chef Pierre

ranch. Come savor our famous juicy steaks and mesquite-smoked BBQ while enjoying miles of desert scenery and spectacular sunsets! PR, O 140

bringing his Cajun home-style cooking from New Orleans, the seafood boils and dishes will leave your mouth watering for more. Fresh seafood is brought in twice a week. Come in and try for yourself. PR, H

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Earrings by Laura Quiñones $52 Cotton Dress by Ni en More $250 Posada: A Century of Skeletons $65

These iconic works on generous loan by Art Bridges.

Posada Monograph $30 Posada and Manilla Illustrations $25

ART SCHOOL Make art or give the gift of art-making at EPMA’s Art School. EPMA offers art classes for youth, teens, and adults taught by professional teaching artists in fully-equipped studios.

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November Advertiser INDEX Ben Bridge Jewelers.....................................................Pg. 11

KTSM.............................................................................Pg. 92

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

Smallcakes.....................................................................Pg. 98

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

Geico.............................................................................Pg. 97

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

Vitalant.........................................................................Pg. 119

InVogue Rejuvenation....................................................Pg. 63

Walgreens................................................................. Pgs. 4, 5

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino.................Pg. 9

Wallflower.....................................................................Pg. 65

Institute Regenerative Medicine...................................Pg. 31

Workforce Solutions Borderplex..................................Pg. 115

Intraceuticals...............................................................Pg. 102

Wyatt Underwood Trial Lawyers...................................Pg. 33

Johnny Carino’s Italian...................................................Pg. 24


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