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Music is a powerful tool and its beauty was instilled in me at a young age. My grandfather had a band and my memories as a young child, spending time listening to him, are embedded deeply within me. My mother played the piano beautifully by ear. I can still hear her fingernails clicking on the keys with her eyes closed as she hummed, playing her favorite spiritual songs. What I remember most was how her eyes sparkled when she played her favorite love songs. She went to a place that we were not allowed to join, a place full of butterflies and sunshine, and for brief moments I understood that she might have been in love deeper than anyone I’ve ever known. Those memories are some of the most precious that I have of my mother. So, one has to wonder and ask ourselves, what makes music such a dynamic and emotional form of communication? When one studies the word music, it comes from the word “muse.” “Muse” means to think of, meditate on, wonder upon or gaze. We meditate in order to become one with our thoughts. Whether we are aware or not, the songs we listen to affect us positively or negatively, subconsciously giving us words which create thoughts in us. The beats, rhythms and melodies have a profound affect on our emotions. I believe that people who don’t learn to appreciate music often lack a sense of beauty and tranquility that

“Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t.”

only music teaches us. When our heart is crying from a break up, we want to listen to

– Johnny Depp

One known singer to the El Paso music industry deserves duplication night after

heartbreak songs. When we fall in love, all we listen to is love songs. Most of us can resonate with a song during a time and place of life that brought great emotion. Music is defined differently by each of us. I believe I have the gift of music, but I might be the only one who agrees. I have no hesitation to grab a mic and belt out a familiar melody, often given musical strength by a good glass of wine – ok, maybe two – but the feeling singing gives me cannot be duplicated. My karaoke sister will probably tell you the world would rather my singing not be duplicated.

night; he is none other than Julio Ortiz. He’s a free spirit who copies no one; he shares his belief that musical boundaries should not be restricted and explains that’s why he’s never studied music. His musical talent can be appreciated in many languages, English, Spanish, French and Portuguese, and there are few stages in the Sun City that he has not yet graced. When he sat down with me and our editor, Kim North, for the photo shoot he was as comfortable in front of the camera as he is on stage. Preciously holding the guitar that his mother gave him, he proudly showcased stickers that were placed there by his children and shared the love he has for his family, his music and the town he calls home. This is the same town that has enjoyed his musical talent throughout the years, allowing him to make a living doing what he loves ... playing music.


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Owner, Abogada Immigration Law Attorney I never really wanted to work for someone else… An El Pasoan born and raised, after graduating high school, Cynthia Lopez decided to spread her wings and attend a university in Chicago. With an accounting degree under her belt, she decided to continue on the path for her law degree. After completing law school, she found herself faced with the high cost of living in the Chicago area and the only job prospect was that of minimum wage, she quickly realized it was time to move back home. After nine years in the windy city, she decided to not just move back home but to go into business for herself. The biggest risk I’ve taken: Going into business for myself. I moved back to El Paso around the end of 2010 and opened my doors in March 2011. I started from scratch with an $8000 loan from a family member. I hired an experienced assistant, who quite frankly knew the immigration side and was a huge asset in helping me to get started (after almost five years, she’s still with me today). I signed a two year lease and before the doors were ever opened I reached out to family, friends and the community. The first three years I was overwhelmed, at times I am still overwhelmed. In the beginning, my age and the fact that I was a woman appeared to be an obstacle for some, but these days with experience that has become less of an issue. Life lessons to remember: I’ve learned that it is not personal. If a client doesn’t like me or has chosen not to do business with me, I have to be comfortable with their decision. I have also grown to be comfortable with uncertainty. I currently have four employees and as a business owner there are times you may be faced with instability of revenue and yet there are still expenses and employees to be paid. I started with one employee and waited about 1 ½ years before adding additional help. You’ll never regret: Not having a job that pays me as salary. I now have options and experience that I have created for myself. I have a platform that allows for me to pursue other opportunities. I’m glad that I’ve never: Allowed myself to stop pursuing my dreams. My every-day mantra: Have an attitude of gratitude. I appreciate the fact that I have another day, and I intend to get the most out of each and every day that I can. The moment I knew I made it: After being in business for two years, I had a small celebration. My next milestone is the five year mark. My greatest joy: Helping my clients and providing employment opportunities for others. The Legacy She Desires to Leave Behind That her clients knew that she truly cared. 12

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November, 2015 f you happen to be dining in the Union Plaza district on a

Wednesday night at The Garden,

or on a Friday evening at Tabla

or perhaps at the Magic Bistro for brunch on a Saturday morning, you are sure to be entertained by the soothing, acoustic sounds of El Paso’s own Julio Ortiz. He performs almost daily at various locations in and around El Paso and possesses a style of music that captivates his audience. They become part of an experience like no other. His performance is magical. In my interview with Ortiz, our conversation was just as poetic and mesmerizing as his music. Every word he speaks tells passionately of experiences that reach into the depths of his soul that is conveyed through song. His love for art, music and nature is a huge part of who he is as an artist. His passion is easily transferred to his audience in a way that they are brought to a spiritual level, captivated, embraced by his music. He has created his own style. He plays his guitar and performs for the sheer beauty of the music and describes it as a form of therapy. He goes wherever the music takes him. “One of the reasons I never studied music, I didn’t want any boundaries to govern where my music would take me,” he said. Whether he is on the terrace of the Double Tree Hotel with the glorious sunset as his backdrop or the lush greenery of the Zin Valle Vineyards, it is the beauty of nature that is a huge part of his performance. His delivery is flawless. Fluent in many languages, he sings not only in English, but is equally powerful in Spanish, Portuguese and French. He transitions from one song to another without any interruption in the flow of the magic that is his music. Ortiz’s story of his passion for music and the arts begins with family. His initial exposure to music began, like so many other musicians, at home. The youngest of five, two older sisters and two older brothers, they were surrounded by music at a fairly early age. At


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family gatherings, music was a huge part of

pursued singing. He thought, “If dad can

Ortiz is passionate about the arts, all of the

his life. His early influences in music came

sing, maybe I can, too.” He was right. And

arts. “I love everything that has to do with

from whatever his parents listened to at

now some twenty years later, Ortiz is a

music and the arts and nature,” he proclaims

these family events, mostly boleros, trios

unique talent and renowned artist throughout

as he describes his love for the theater. A

and mariachis. Everyone would sing and play

the region.

theater arts major, Ortiz discovered his love for acting while attending New Mexico State

music. A piano was always in his home and as young adults he and his siblings took piano

He is a different musician who not only

University where he received his degree in

lessons. While his sisters took very quickly

entertains but becomes part of the experience

theater arts and a minor in French. Not only

to the piano and continued their lessons, he

as is evident in the venues at which he

is he an accomplished musician, he is also

and his brothers did not. Typical of boys, he

performs. There is not elaborate stage set-

a very successful actor and screenwriter. He

tells a story of how he fell asleep during a

up. It is Ortiz, his guitar and his audience.

has written many children’s plays of which

piano lesson at which time his mother quickly

There is genuine beauty in the simplicity of

he is proud to say have been performed in

recognized that perhaps piano was not for him.

his performances. No distractions for the

El Paso and in cities throughout the United

fans who follow him.

States. His acting experience started here under the guidance of Hector Serrano whom

However, during his senior year, his mother came home with a guitar for him. She simply

He is booked every day of the week, except

he credits for pushing him to uncover his

handed it to him and hoped he would enjoy

for Mondays, playing regularly at The Garden,

acting talents. As a result, Ortiz adds to his

the guitar more than he did the piano. He

Tabla, Doubletree Hotel, Zin Valle Vineyards

credits, several years with Viva! El Paso

describes how little by little he would strum

and The Magic Bistro, as well as many private

under the direction of Hector Serrano and

the guitar and gradually become comfortable

events throughout the year. He is coined as

David Mills and Shakespeare on the Rocks.

with his mother’s gift; he was hooked. As for

“One of the Hardest Working Musicians in

He also studied acting in Los Angeles and has

his singing, he knew that although his father

the City” because he is everywhere, often

appeared in several movies. The last several

had an amazing voice, he never seriously

performing several gigs in one day.

years, however, music has taken over. And


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while he does miss the theater and being on

has supported me and allowed me to do what

creates an intimate setting for his audience,

stage, he is dedicated to his music here.

I want to do.” In addition to his regular gigs at

regardless of the venue. Singing everything

the different venues across the region, he also

from Frank Sinatra, Michael Bublé, Van

Ortiz and his wife have been married 14 years

supports many major events throughout the

Morrison and numerous other artists, Ortiz

and they have two children, their 10-year-old

year as their featured performer and just last

is a gift to El Paso and we should continue

daughter and their 8-year-old son. Family is

month played at the annual Chalk the Block

to embrace and support this amazing talent.

extremely important to him and early on he

Arts Festival in downtown and entertained

made a conscious decision to be there for his

the audience at the Big Brothers-Big Sisters

For more information and his calendar of

children during their formative years. Now that

of El Paso annual fundraiser, the 8th annual

events, visit

they are a little bit older, he can think about

Dance for Kids’ Sake. Something he has done

returning to the theater, when the time is right.

since its first year.

Ortiz is forever indebted to this city for its

Ortiz is an El Paso gem. Simply stated, he

undying support. “I am so grateful that El Paso

is multi-talented, extremely versatile and

“This article is dedicated in loving memory of Raquel Ortiz, Julio’s mother, who passed


away in June.”



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“I Must Be Dreaming”


Although many of us may know Laura Tate as

that Tate had experienced while living in Los

Centennial Commission. These accolades

a committed, community activist, she is now

Angeles, Nashville and New York. Choosing

barely touch the surface of all that Tate has

also on the verge of breaking through with

to plant new roots in El Paso, Tate opted to

done for the City of El Paso.

her singing and performing talents, gaining

put her performing career on the back burner

national and international recognition. At a

as she pursued her passion for community

During this time, Tate also managed to return

stage when other performers are opting for a

service. One can only admire her knack of

to school and earned a Master of Arts degree

quiet life, Tate’s musical career, on the other

balancing her time-consuming dedication to

from UTEP. All along the way she quietly

hand, has taken off like gangbusters. With

community service with the considerable

continued to juggle a number of projects that

the recent release of her third album, which

efforts required to restart her professional

would ultimately cause her to place her music

is getting airplay and recognition all over the

music career.

career at the forefront once again. Multiple live charitable performances, as well as the

world, it’s clear this local girl … is on fire. The list of her accomplishments as a leader

release of her two albums, “Blue Train” and

Many people in El Paso recognize the

in El Paso is impressive. It’s noteworthy

“Songs From My Suitcase,” paved the way

name of Laura Tate Goldman. They know it

to mention that she served as president

for Tate’s return to Los Angeles to record her

because Laura, whose maiden name is Tate,

of the Junior League of El Paso, served

most recent body of work entitled, “I Must

which she uses professionally, has been a

on the statewide Board of Directors of the

Be Dreaming.” “This is the album that has

leader in our community since arriving here

Texas STAR Chapter of the Alzheimer’s

changed everything. The reviews for, ‘I Must

almost 18 years ago. From the moment she

Association, served on the board for The

Be Dreaming,’ have been phenomenal,” said

set foot in town, Tate fell in love with the

Stanley and Gerald Rubin Center for the

Tate. “It’s very humbling for me to know that

beauty of El Paso, its people and the magic

Visual Arts and most recently completed a

I have fans listening to my music from all over

of our Southwestern culture. El Paso was a

four-year volunteer commitment as Co-Chair

the world.” With the advent of social media,

refreshing change from the fast paced life

for the University of Texas at El Paso 2014

her talents are now exposed to a global


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mastered the album at Jesi-Lu Recording

Midwest Record Entertainment Reviews

accessed through Tate’s website, as well as

Studio in LA. Wilson and Laura are now

News and Views, by Chris Spector writes,

on streaming websites such as Spotify and

collaborating and in pre-production for her

“The album kicks off with “Snake Tattoo,”

Apple Music. Her albums are also available

fourth album slated to begin recording in

a dandy rocker and the album goes along

on iTunes, CD Baby, Bandzoogle and her


in high gear from all involved putting all the right moves in all the right places. With a little

music videos can now be seen on YouTube. Tate has been overwhelmed by the reviews

something from all popular genres on board,

Tate often receives feedback from her LA

that continue to pour in since the release of

this is a fun, rootsy, vocal set that simply

record promoter that her music appears

“I Must Be Dreaming.” The Nashville Blues

goes the distance without running out of gas.

on playlists from radio stations located in

Society writes, “Tate is a Texas Blues Lady

Settle in for some fun listening here.”

countries as far reaching as Italy, France,

with one of those voices that can easily go

Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Australia and

from soulful growl to a sultry, passionate

Tate is getting ready to perform to a sold out

even Croatia. Laura states that “I Must Be

delivery perfect for ballads. Tate lends her

audience at The Mint, a well-known music

Dreaming” has been a critical success in a

sweet sultry and sassy vocals to torch songs

venue in the heart of West LA, and talks are

way she never could have imagined.

such as the title cut which finds her backed

also in the works for a possible European

by a lush full band.”

tour next spring.

musicians in LA who played on her new

Another review by noted music critic Bill

For more information on her music or

album and to the talented and prolific

Wilson states, “Whether it’s soulful ballads,

upcoming performances please visit www.

songwriter, Mel Harker, who wrote or co-

country love songs, rock and roll or torch

wrote all the tunes on this latest release.

songs that melt to the deepest part of your

Veteran musician, Terry Wilson, well known

heart, she does it all and does it with power

Laura continues to enjoy living in El Paso with

in the music industry, produced

and a deep felt passion. Frankly, it doesn’t get

her husband and three rescue dogs. For more


better than this. Laura Tate starts a raging fire

information regarding her music or a schedule

where all but a fading ember remain. This is

of upcoming performances please go to her

She is very thankful for the seasoned


good stuff that belongs in every collection.

website at

It’s a keeper to be sure.”


November, 2015



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“Life” by Keith Richards

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If there’s anyone that has a way with words, it’s Bob Dylan. From

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being the main folk musician of the 1960s and writing protest songs,

visuals, memories from influential musical artists are also included.

Dylan’s book is another ingenious creation discussing his time

Flip through and discover the thoughts and history of people like LL

growing up in Minnesota to his days playing gigs in New York. As

Cool J, Lisa Lisa, Bob Gruen and Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys, to

the voice of a generation, this book is the perfect read for Dylan fans

name just a few. This is an interesting look into the era that brought

or those curious about the person who is the epitome of the folk

about new dance styles, a fresh perspective on music and graffiti art.

music scene of the 60s.


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HARDTKE Refining her Cutting-Edge Style for her First EP | By: LADONNA APODACA photo by: ROBERT STEBLER | As a moth is drawn to a flame, it was destined

David Garza, a homegrown musician and

come across as the same sound because

that Emily Hardtke would be drawn to music.

producer with worldwide acclaim, Fabrizio

the recorded performance was so heavily

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manipulated. With this first EP, what you hear

passion since childhood and the driving force

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will be me … a pure, clean sound.”

with global appeal. Both Simoncioni and

Simoncioni, who was at work in his studio in

Rossi live and work in Italy.

Italy, shared his thoughts regarding Hardtke and her music. “Emily has an amazing vibe

local and regional, have given Hardtke the platform she needed to hone her craft

Mutual respect for each other’s talents would

and unique style,” he said, “Her sound and

while completing the later courses of her

cement a strong friendship with Hardtke

beauty, both inside and out, mesmerizes me.

Marketing Degree at UTEP. Making good on

and her newly found mentors. Loving her

I have no doubt that she’s going to shine in

the promise she made to her family to earn

balanced, breathy falsetto and raspy sound,

the music industry.”

her bachelor’s degree, Hardtke has never

had prompted the producers to work with

stopped pursuing her music and the goal to

her on the release of her first EP.

Hardtke is continuing to explore different genres and is looking forward to polishing

make it her chosen profession. As yet untitled, Hardtke has been hard

the tracks for her first body of work. “Up to

A timely introduction to Tony Rancich, the

at work in the studio at Sonic Ranch, in

this point, I’ve been doing the fun part of the

owner of Sonic Ranch, the world’s largest

Tornillo, Texas, as well as having recently

process,” she said. After the release of the

residential recording studio, was a huge

returned from Arrezzo, Italy for a visit to

EP comes the nitty gritty part of the business,

turning point in the emerging artists budding

the “The Garage,” the world class studio of

which will be marketing and touring. “As

career. Upon Hardtke’s first tour of the studio,

Simoncioni. “It’ll be unique in that we’re not

soon as I graduate, I plan on relocating to Los

Rancich asked if she could sing a few of her

using a click track at all. Most of the songs

Angeles or Europe to be closer to the heart

tunes for him. Liking the soulful, heartfelt

were acoustically recorded live in the studio,

of my industry and the people that I’ve been

sound he heard, Rancich invited Emily back

giving it a different approach that I think has

working with. The timing with the release will

to “The Ranch” and introduced her to three

more raw emotion. Some artists overproduce

be perfect. I’m anxious to finally finish and

industry professionals who would take her

their music,” Hardtke said. “When you hear

begin a new step in my journey of growing

music to the next level. Those men were

them perform live, it often doesn’t even

as an artist.”


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music has always been an integral part of Bri Bagwell’s life.

“I come from a family that has always loved music and always played music for fun,” said the 28-year-old songstress. In 2011, Bagwell, then 23, showed off her talent when she appeared on CMT’s ‘Next Superstar’,

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a reality singing competition show. Bagwell, a Las Cruces native, exhibited a great vocal range and proved she was a standout. But, she was already accustomed to performing live. “I would sing in local bars at night, then have to get up and go to school the next morning, but I loved it. I taught myself piano when I was 13, but it wasn’t until college that I discovered that a guitar is much more portable.” When she was 14, Bagwell joined her brothers’ soft-rock band, On Tap, as a singer and keyboardist. That band later dissolved and formed another country band, Let It Ride. Together, the siblings warmed up to Pam Tillis and Trent Willmon, to name a few. Bagwell, a University of Texas alumna, pursued a






became an executive at a startup website, It was during this time that she stumbled into the Texas music scene. Bagwell joined the Ferrata Music Group in January 2010 where she decided, ultimately, to pursue a music career full-time. Bagwell’s first success came later that year with her first album, “Midnight Hour.” The album featured six other original songs that Bagwell wrote. Bagwell released her latest album, “When a Heart Breaks” last May. The album charted to number 72 on the national billboards. She is currently promoting the album and is booked for the rest of the year.


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“Right now, I’m focusing on touring here in

“Two really successful people in this scene

Texas, and some in surrounding states, and

told me that this business is all about

promoting my new radio single and music

persistence. Many of the really popular Texas

video for my song ‘My Boots.’ The song is

Country bands have been around a lot longer

starting to move up the Texas Music Charts.”

than most people think. I think it is all about sticking it out, really hitting the road hard to

Bagwell said life on the road doesn’t always

make it happen.”

make an easy balance for home life. Bagwell said the support of her fans has “I was home six days out of last month. It’s

been humbling and encourages those who

really only enough time to do laundry, regroup,

are hesitant about pursuing their own music

and get back out on the road. That makes it

dreams to take that big leap of faith.

tough on everything from relationships to my own health, but the sacrifice is worth it

“Go until you have nothing left to give,

to me.”

if it’s your dream and your passion. Also, my father always reminds me that I am

The biggest hardship about being away

already successful in so many ways. So,

so much?

it’s important to not consider being famous as being successful. You have to be proud

“Truly, I really want a dog and not being able

of where you have been and how far you

to have one because of my schedule just

have come.”

breaks my heart,” Bagwell said. (For more information about Bri’s upcoming Bagwell added that staying grounded and

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German Christmas Bazaar (Holiday Bazaar) Event: On Nov. 14 come out to Building 747 at Fort Bliss to see hobby craftsmen displaying the best of their trade just in time for the holidays. With everything from specialty items to delectable German food like bratwurst, waffles, German cake, pastries, beer and more – this is one bazaar you do not want to miss.

Details: All proceeds will be donated to special projects for “Aid for the Needy” at Fort Bliss. Admission is free. For more information, call: 915-568-0259.

14th Annual Dinner and Roast Featuring Paul L. Foster Event: On Nov. 17 enjoy the 14th Annual Dinner and Roast at the El Paso Country Club hosted by the El Paso Child Guidance Center with guest speaker Paul L. Foster, founder of Western Refining and local philanthropist.


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ecade of the Dead Arcade – Don’t be quick to write them off as a heavy metal band because their name and their sound do not coincide. “We were about to play our first show, back in 2013, and we couldn’t play without a name,” Andrew Martinez, guitarists and vocals for the band, starts to tell me. “Our friend, Eric Edwards actually gave the name to us and we didn’t hate it.” Manny, lead guitarist for the band, adds, “I can’t see our band being called anything else.” Formed in Las Cruces in early 2013, the band had interesting beginnings. As with many great bands, the start of something great can be serendipitous. With their album, “Complexities”, out for almost a year now, I sat down with Andrew Martinez, Rick Sifuentes, and Manny Rodriquez over beers to talk about how their band came together, their album and their very unique sound. Meeting over the love of music, the band started out as many others do, “jamming out” together. “We met Rick on Craigslist,” Martinez said. “And not on the guy seeking guy section,” added Rodriquez. From buying gear on Craigslist and being involved in the closeknit musical community in Las Cruces, the members of Decade of the Dead Arcade came together to create something new for listeners in the area. As they stand now, DOTDA is

composed of five talented musicians; Manny,

as well as bands such as Local Natives, The

lead guitar; Andrew Martinez, vocals and

Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Delta Spirits. For

guitar; Rick Sifuentes, bass; Nik Singleton,

a clearer sense of the music and style they

vocals; and Luke Dumke, drums.

play, their Facebook page and their official website claim the music to be, “lyrically

With five artists coming together to establish

elaborate, and rhythmically contagious…an

a creative sound for the band, many ideas

enthusiastic electric indie rock.” And once

and styles intertwine producing a sound

you get to listen to their album, you’ll bob

that might not easily fit into any one genre.

your head in agreement.

“People have said that we sound like Young the Giant, Vampire Weekend, just a little bit

After their first couple of months of coming

of everything,” said Martinez and Rodriquez.

officially together, DOTDA landed a gig

But their musical influences come from

playing for Warped Tour 2013. Playing in the

everywhere. The three members agreed on

hot summer sun to a larger range of people

The Beatles being a big influence on them,

was exciting and new for the band. And 43

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came out in November of last year and is collaboration of all band members. “We all contribute to the making of each song. Sometimes I’ll come in with lyrics or an idea and then we all add onto it,” Martinez said of the creative process. The recorded album was sent out by Dumke to be mastered in New York by Alan Douches, who is known for working with bands like Brand New, Atreyu and Sufjan Stevens. It showcases the different styles and the musicality of the band as a whole. You can expect the band to be playing shows in El Paso in the upcoming months and if you haven’t already heard their music, listen on where their album is also available for purchase. I highly suggest listening to “My Friends” or “The Hunger” when you’re at your desk and need to groove. With the last sips of beers lingering in our glasses, the bands final thoughts were an echoed feeling of passion for the music. “We don’t do it for the money. We just want our music out there and see people excited about it.”


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e m i ly d av i s

November, 2015 mily Davis is a nut. She’s more of an acorn. She falls from a tree sporadically. She’ll either be harvested by a squirrel or spend time on the surface of the ground before growing into a tree of her own. Either way, Davis, the acorn, has always found a way

to reach an audience so entranced by her art that they often become faithful and loyal fans as well as deeply connected friends. Enough slanted metaphors; Emily Davis has just completed and released her new album “The Worst Kind of Curse,” which was





under the guidance of producer Rick Parker whose credits include albums by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and The Dandy Warhols. According to her press release, the album “[diverges] itself sonically from her two previous albums by employing a heavier, more visceral vibe.” The writer of this release could not have hit the nail on the head more directly. One would say, if they ever met Davis, that this is the album that she has been striving to make her entire career music. “I feel like every major turning point in my life can be found in a Bad Religion song.” Davis is a punk rocker at heart. Her music treads on the lines of the alternative, the indie and the folk, but the spirit reflects that of Joe Strummer, Patti Smith, and Chrissie Hynde. “The one thing about punk rock, and Bad Religion more specifically, that has really captivated me is the idea of accepting and appreciating the self, the individual,” says Davis, a Bad Religion super fan. Davis stated in an interview that she has struggled her whole life with being a “giant nerd” and the “socially awkward kid who wanted desperately for people to like her without really ever liking herself.” She found solace in the music of Bad Religion, “I think more than anywhere else, Bad Religion’s music has helped me in this area.”

After an opportunity to open up for her favorite band at their recent appearance at Tricky Falls, Davis found momentum and hasn’t stopped working since. With numerous appearances around town after a self-imposed hiatus from music, Davis has found a way to generate power and harness it in the creation of music she loves and playing in a city that is inspiring as well as frustrating. “I do think finding success in El Paso can be a bit challenging. It can be frustrating at times … being challenged is a source of motivation.” Davis believes the

attending and playing shows. Some of my

“rawness and realness” of the El Paso scene

favorite local bands back then were The

is a “byproduct of the desert scenery and our

Fireland Ablaze and Night of the Wrecking

relative isolation geographically.”

Ball.” Frequently playing with local bands such as The Kirk, Concentrated Dopamine,

On her humble beginnings, Davis states

and songwriters like Philip Tubbs (who

that it was “around 2005/2006 that I started

Davis also claims as an immense inspiration) 49

November, 2015

allowed Davis to hone her craft. With all

to allow her to realize her vision. “Mike was

the practice in front of local crowds and a

the one who encouraged me to try and make

consistent update to her YouTube channel

another album [and connected] me to Rick

playing many great punk jams, Davis solidified

and came up with some great ideas for the

a method to her approach to creating. This

album.” Minjarez also encouraged Davis to

allowed her to further explore the challenges

employ the use of crowdfunding to make the

of being a solo artist.

album. “I think crowdfunding is a great tool, especially if you have a dedicated audience

“It’s fun to present an album full of sounds

willing to support you in your craft. I know I

and rhythm and then present stripped-down

am super fortunate in this area, which again,

versions of those songs live.” Emily doesn’t

is why I definitely consider this a collaborative

see her new album as a solo record but more


of a “collaborative effort.” She has recently enlisted members of bands such as Sound

Emily Davis has been an El Paso staple for

on Sound and Takanakuy to form a new band.

over ten years, and continues to play around

The new band performed to a packed house

town and tour. The release of her new album

at her album release party which was held

has sparked a new conversation which she

at Bowie Feathers on South El Paso Street.

is not afraid to involve herself in. Anyone who sees her walking the streets of El Paso

In the studio, Emily chose El Paso native Mike

should stop for a moment and appreciate the

Minjarez and the aforementioned Rick Parker

great talk they will have with Davis. When


November, 2015 asked for final words for this interview, Davis delivered a momentous amount of love for her city, her music, and her friends. Ultimately, her message was this: “If you want to feel a deeper connection with El Paso, if you want to have a greater sense of local pride, go out to a show. Any show.”






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illnesses, The Hormone Center departs from



helm. The facility’s sole focus on functional,

standard medical practices. “We have to

hormone replacement, detoxification, weight



nurture our hormones instead of suppressing


allows The Hormone Center to provide

them,” Dr. Belocura says of a number of

supplements. When asked how safe it is

comprehensive treatment that is cutting-

drugs prescribed that often disrupt critically

to take (bio-identical/natural) hormones, Dr.

edge, giving their patients the opportunity

important hormone systems in addition

Belocura says, “The question should really

to potentially reverse chronic conditions and

to depleting essential micronutrients. For

be ‘How safe is it to NOT take (bio-identical/

possibly even restore optimal health that

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finishing her residency in Family Medicine at

medicine approach, Dr. Belocura can institute

Jonnalyn R. Belocura, M.D.

the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in

prevention at a much earlier stage in life.


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Caring Companions “Our service can help our clients stay at home while maintaining their independence.” Many people envision and hope to live long

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offering flexibility in terms of both scheduling

and independent lives filled with health and

communication with one another.”






Companions assures that their clients are

well being. But for those whose realities fall short, there is Caring Companions,

“Often times I run into family caregivers

“able to determine their own schedule as it

an assisted living service at home, to aid

who are burned out as they juggle their own

fits their needs” and the type of service that is

oneself or family members with everything

family, their careers, plus the care of their

most appropriate for their particular situation.

from help with day-to-day activities to bed

elderly loved one,” shared Minjarez. “When

bound care. “Our service can help our

the family caregivers learn of our service,

clients stay at home while maintaining their

they are relieved that there’s a service like

independence,” explained Amy Minjarez,

ours to help them manage their loved one’s

CEO of Caring Companions. “They can age

care and they no longer have to do it alone.

in place in the privacy of their own home.”

We become their partner and become their

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care service which includes services such

enables us to provide quality care”. “In

as: personal care services, companions care,

addition, we have a piece of technology that

respite care, hospice assistance, dementia

allows our clients’ family members to view


their loved one’s plan of care, their schedule

care, Parkinson’s care and post-operative

and daily notes,” added Minjarez. “The Web

care, to name a few. And with a focus on







Dr. Mario Nutis, FACOG, FPMRS When Family Is Everything! A native El Pasoan, Dr. Mario Nutis has

Prodanovic-Nutis, FAAP, who is certified by

As for a vision, Dr. Nutis looks to providing

made family the foundation on which he’s

the American Board of Pediatrics and helps

the most advanced surgical care in women’s

built his practice. On completing a residency

make their separate practices a true family

reproductive health. As Medical Director of

in family medicine at Texas Tech El Paso in

affair. Receiving her medical degree from

the First Center of Excellence in Minimally

2003 and obtaining board certification, Dr.

Texas Tech in 2004, she soon completed her

Invasive Gynecology at Del Sol Medical

Nutis embarked on a second residency in

residency at the UT Southwestern Children’s

Center, he’s already there. With an amazing



Medical Center of Dallas in 2007. She was

wife and colleague, including 5 year old son,

by a second board certification. And if that

an associate professor of pediatrics at Texas

Nicolas, it’s clear that family medicine was

weren’t enough, he pursued a fellowship in

Tech and eventually moved into private

Dr. Nutis’ calling, and our city can look to

Laparoscopic Gynecologic Surgery at Stanford

practice. The end result is a unique “synergy”

either of them for the best in care and where

University in 2007 and yet another board

of medicine and love for family. Dr. Nutis

family really is everything!

certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and

delivers the babies that Dr. Prodanovic often

Reconstructive Surgery, or Urogynecology,

cares for because both regularly “see their

Dr. Mario Nutis

by the American College of Obstetrics

babies together” in the hospital.

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and Gynecology. As a triple-board certified surgeon, Dr. Nutis plays a huge role in our

Love for families coupled with love for our

community teaching fellows at Texas Tech

city come through to the nth degree. Both

and even has academic impact in Juarez, MX.

are native Spanish speaking and “familiar

El Paso, Texas 79936

with our demographic,” so it’s no surprise In caring for families, Dr. Nutis often

to hear, “Our patients are our family and we

collaborates with his wife, Dr. Maria “Luby”

hope to continue caring for our families.”



Cristina Zapata and “Nuestra Salud” When a Reporter and Doctor Come Together! Talk about “opposites attract!” Cristina

past two years has run her own TV show,

share “health stories” told by the physicians

Zapata and husband, Jose David Burgos,

“Sin Fronteras,” which airs on Telemundo

themselves and with the aim of educating

epitomize this old adage and we are about

and is “community oriented,” decided that

people on preventative care and general

to see why. Burgos, an Internal Medicine

her journalism background, coupled with

awareness. As Zapata asserts, “Medicine is

physician from Venezuela, spent time in

her husband’s medical expertise, could help

universal and knowledge is power. The more

Tampa, Florida doing medical research at the

build awareness to the ever-important health

you know about health related issues, the

University of South Florida, coincidentally, at

issues facing everyone today. The end-result

more likely you are to prevent them.” Zapata

the exact same time that Zapata was there

is her newest show, “Nuestra Salud,” which

and Burgos are not only opposites that

to work on a BA in Journalism at the same

Zapata, humorously, defines as what happens

attract, together through “Nuestra Salud”

university. Interestingly, the two never knew

when a “reporter and a physician create

they help us magnetize longevity through a

it until their paths crossed here in our Sun

awareness about health.” The show, which

healthy lifestyle and propel us to be the best

City while embarking on her journalism

premiered last winter on Univision, serves

we can be!

career and during Dr. Burgos’ move to Texas

to both educate and organize events like

Tech to complete his residency. Cristina is

health fairs, free medical services, and other

not from El Paso, she was born in Colombia

community events.

and lived in Florida until she received a job offer from Univision 26 El Paso.

The success of “Nuestra Salud” has led Zapata to begin exploring an English TV

This fateful meeting led to a serendipitous

show that, potentially, will reach other border

Cristina Zapata

matrimony that’s had a profound effect

cities along with the existing Spanish show.

on not only our community, but the entire

Future goals also include starting a health

Facebook: Sin Fronteras El Paso

border region, as well. Zapata, who for the

magazine that will target border cities and



Dr. Zoraya Parrilla

Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital “It’s a true vocation being a doctor.” Built with the comfort of patients in mind,

of the Brain Injury program at Highlands, with

area offers with all the outdoor activities

Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital is the premier

this facility being one of the few having such

available. What excited her the most was the

facility for rehabilitation services in west Texas.

an elite type of physician.

opportunity to develop and grow the brain injury program and team up with Highlands

For nearly 15 years, Highlands has led the

in this endeavor.

way in personalized care for both, inpatient

The calling to become a doctor came early

and outpatient therapy services. Behind great

in life for Dr. Parrilla; since a little girl her

personal care is a great team of physicians,

response to what she wanted to be when

“El Paso is an underserved area in terms

nurses, therapists and staff that strive to

she grew up has never changed. While in

of medical care,” Dr. Parrilla said. “I now

improve the quality of life for every patient.

medical school, she then decided to pursue a

know that there is so much more to do

residence in Rehabilitation Medicine, later on

for all patients. All the opportunities that

sub-specializing in neuro-rehabilitation.

are open here to help patients are very

One of the doctors helping Highlands reach

gratifying to me.”

a higher level of quality care is Dr. Zoraya neurologic

“It’s a true vocation being a doctor,” Dr.

rehabilitation. A Puerto Rico native, Dr.

Parrilla said. “You want to help people

Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital

Parrilla joined Highlands in February, and

and you don’t think about anything else

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is now assuming the role of director of the

than that.”

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Brain Injury program there. In the span of 20 years, Dr. Parrilla has

Dr. Parilla is one of the few in the nation who

worked in New York, Miami, Houston and

is Board Certified in Brain Injury Medicine

most recently, Mississippi. She was drawn

along side with Dr. Eric Spier, former director

to El Paso by the sense of adventure this



Ortho El Paso - Jason Vourazeris, MD “I want patients to feel like they are part of our Ortho El Paso family and not just another patient.” Dr. Jason Vourazeris wanted to be an

focuses on shoulder and elbow issues, as

In addition to his specialized training, Dr.

orthopaedic surgeon since even before

well as sports injuries.

Vourazeris strives to ensure that his patients’ experience is top rated from start to finish.

high school. Playing sports in high school and college meant lots of visits to a local

As one of the only shoulder and elbow

“We are a small practice and truly cater to

orthopaedic surgeon, and it was during these

fellowship-trained surgeons in El Paso, Dr.

each and every patient,” shared Vourazeris.

visits that he developed a love for the field.

Vourazeris is trained to do complex shoulder

“We want our office to feel like home rather

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than a sterile clinic, and have found that

was doing, and I loved that he could see a



patients enjoy coming to our office. I want

problem and do something immediately to

procedures. “I had a great opportunity to

patients to feel like they are part of our Ortho

make a difference in someone’s life. From

train in Florida with one of the leaders of the

El Paso family and not just another patient.”

that point forward, I knew that I would be an

shoulder and elbow community, and to learn

orthopaedic surgeon.”

about the newest cutting edge techniques

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in the field,” states Dr. Vourazeris. “For A native El Pasoan, Dr. Vourazeris prides

example, the reverse total shoulder has

himself on being a family-oriented doctor

only been available in the United States for

“who values honesty and integrity” and has

12 years, and it is a great option for patients

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Foot and Ankle Partners of El Paso “Our mission is to become the foot and ankle center of excellence in the community.” Dr. Rebecca Rosado and Dr. Sean O’Meara

have become the experts in foot and ankle

are not a lot of women who take care of the

have been practicing advanced Foot and Ankle

care in El Paso. Dr. O’Meara completed his

foot and ankle such as she does. I think it’s an

care in the El Paso community since 2008. The

three-year surgical residency in California

extremely valuable asset in the community

couple opened up the doors of Foot and Ankle

while Dr. Rosado completed hers in Chicago.

to have someone like herself.”

Partners of El Paso in February 2013 and offers

Currently, they are the only two physicians

three convenient locations to its residents. The

in El Paso that have a three-year residency

Foot and Ankle Partners of El Paso mission

physicians take pride in providing innovative

in their field. “We want people to know that

is to become the “Foot and Ankle Center

podiatric care with a family touch.

should you sprain your ankle, we are qualified

of Excellence” in the community. They will

to treat your injury,” Rosado said.

ensure that the foot and ankle needs of El Paso will be met with highest standard of care.

Foot and Ankle Partners of El Paso has become the primary place to treat any bone

Dr. Rosado, an El Paso native, and Dr.

joint, nerve, tendon or ligament problems of

O’Meara, from Alaska, both met in medical

the foot and ankle. They treat a wide range of

school in California and have started a

patients and pathology daily. The physicians

family here in El Paso. The couple has two

enjoy treating children, the elderly, and

daughters and a third on the way. As for

athletes. They offer optimal care for painful

working together, both Dr. O’Meara and

Foot and Ankle Partners of El Paso

heels, bunions, hammertoes and generalized

Dr. Rosado feel that the dynamic of their

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eyeglasses, private transportation to doctor’s

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Southwest Plastic Surgery “Renew. Restore. Revive.” Southwest Plastic Surgery began with the

explained. “We have been friends for more

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vision to offer El Paso and neighboring cities

than 10 years.” While their husbands worked

always has potential to improve and develop

high quality cosmetic and reconstructive

hard to attain the highest level of medical

into a better version of itself, which ultimately

surgery by Dr. Frank Agullo, Dr. Humberto

degree in their field, the wives supported and

is a reflection of what I believe life can be for

Palladino, and their wives Alina Palladino and

accompanied them every step of the way.

everyone – an ongoing metamorphosis into

Pam Agullo. Having expanded their range of

Having loved El Paso, the couples decided

one’s best version,” Pam said.

services to include top-of-the-line surgical

to return to what always felt like home, and

procedures, hair transplantation, non-surgical

brought Southwest Plastic Surgery to live.

With all the combined experience that Pam, Alina and their husbands offer to

treatments and a full MedSpa, Southwest Plastic Surgery is devoted to “Renew,

Today, both Pam and Alina are involved in

Southwest Plastic Surgery it is no wonder

Restore, and Revive” yourself as a whole.

helping the business succeed. “I always

that Southwest Plastic Surgery has become

wanted to open a spa,” explained Alina.

the premier choice for the people of El Paso

They met during their general surgery

“So being able to contribute to Southwest

and the region. “From our families, to our

residency at Texas Tech in El Paso and became

Plastic Surgery is a dream come true. We

employees and patients, Southwest Plastic

good friends. Dr. Palladino and Dr. Agullo’s

have designed the entire experience to be a

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paths stayed together as they both trained for

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Both wives are heavily involved in all the

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November, 2015


A healthy dose of local music is just what the doctor

ordered. We present here, to our loyal readers, a sample of the outstanding artists that dwell along the banks of the Rio Grande. These artists have been hard at work, calling on inspiration from the mountains, and deserve the attention of the greater El Paso area. So, without further ado, here they are:


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COLLISIONS Celebrating their fourth year together, El Paso post-rock doomgazers, Collisions, have been a propelling force on the scene. Their debut album Drought was recorded in a span of twodays at Sonic Ranch and mixed by Ross Ingram at the newly developed studio Brainville. The small outfit produces a large sound which engulfs listeners in a torrent of swells and viscous melodies. The genre of doomgaze may only appeal to fans of the instrumental tidings of Nine Inch Nails and shoegaze pioneers My Bloody Valentine, but Collisions is not only a band obsessed with the poetic sounds of doom, they are an independent approach in the education of harmony.

ALABAMA DEATHWALK Eric Reed, also known as the principle player in Alabama Deathwalk, writes songs about the various motions of life from the perspective of a twenty-something who has love and lost but has only experienced the tip of the iceberg. With song titles such as “Catharsis” and the beautiful “Dallas,” Reed is bold and speaks from an authoritative perspective, folk songs reminiscent of any author of any literary classic; let’s just say Hemingway to be specific. Alabama Deathwalk has two independent releases and is a frequent patron of Brainville as well, and has recently done a stint in California, where Reed and crew had a chance encounter of legendary status with one Ryan Adams. Be on the lookout for the Deathwalk at many venues between El Paso and Las Cruces.


o n t h e wat c h a n d o n t h e b o r d e r

November, 2015

KT NEELY If Eric Reed is the principle player in Alabama Deathwalk, KT Neely is the Queen ruling behind him. Frequent collaborator with Reed, professional and personal, Neely has released various recordings from her living room on Bandcamp and has also ventured off to work at Brainville- a ton of traction at this studio. KT Neely is gentle and haunting. Along with her Harmony guitar and the gruff of the New Mexican landscape, Neely has set herself apart as a brilliant songwriter who can take any subject, such as Mortal Kombat, and weave into a web of poetic devices to describe a moment in time.

GILA MONSTER To end this portion of the article, I venture off into self-indulgence and shameless selfpromotion. Gila Monster is a collaboration between Evan Tremper, Manny Maldonado, Will Daughtery, and myself. With many years in the local music scene behind us we have come together to form a brotherhood of independent power rock. In the wake of our year anniversary, we have already opened up for garage pioneers The Sloths, Two Cow Garage and have worked many headlining shows with many more to come. Gila’s debut album is rounding out quite nicely as I write this. We are in the final stages of the process, the recording having commenced at Brainville and is finishing off with Justin Leeah, Grammy-award winning owner of Sound+Vision Studios in Downtown El Paso. The next year will be a busy one for the boys and I but I encourage any reader of this column to venture out and watch us, we’re pretty rad.


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him with great pride into the command, after

over El Paso, paraded into the room where

officer, they contacted the department to see

arriving with an official police escort.

4-year-old Alexis would be officially sworn in

if they would like to help let Alexis know his

as an honorary El Paso Police Officer. With

wish would be granted.

“It was important for us to be able to get his situation out of his mind for at least a day,”

the presence of El Paso Chief of Police,

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Greg Allen, and Judge Carlos Carrasco, the

Alexis’ wish was fulfilled on October 10,

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where he finally had the opportunity to have

transformed on September 19 for Alexis’ wish

his own party. “What makes Alexis’ wish

The room where Alexis was to be sworn-in

reveal through the Make-A-Wish® Foundation

so special is he did not choose to go to

was filled with family, friends, volunteers and

North Texas El Paso Regional Office.

Disneyland, he chose to have a party,” said

members of the El Paso Police Department.

Laura Garcia, who served as one of Alexis’

When it came time for Alexis to be sworn

Wish Granters.

in as an honorary El Paso Police Officer, the

Due to medical expenses from Alexis’

entire room fell quiet and the only voices

treatments, his family has not had the opportunity to throw parties, so Alexis’ wish

Alexis battles chronic kidney disease, a

heard were Judge Carrasco’s and Alexis’ as

to have a party holds a special meaning

condition characterized by a gradual loss of

he swore to protect the entire city of El Paso

to him since it is one thing that helps him

kidney function over time. Wearing his custom

with the courage and devotion that it takes to

live a life like any other child. When Alexis’

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When asked what the first thought was

fulfillment of his wish was something none

when approached with the proposition of

of us will forget,” said Aaron Means, general

Alexis’ wish, Police Chief Greg Allen said the

manager of Mesa Street Grill.

department was excited.

The hard work and dedication from the MakeA-Wish Foundation volunteers helps make

“All we had in mind was ‘make it happen,’” he

wishes like Alexis’ even more special, “The

for us to be able to

said. “We didn’t have to think about it twice.”

feeling that you get in your heart helping

get his situation

Alexis was given his own official E.P.P.D.

out of his mind

Area partners including Mesa Street Grill,

A fan of superheroes, Alexis believes the

CBC Fine Jewelers, Premier Transportation,

police to be the real world heroes that he can

for at least a day.

Chick-Fil-A, El Paso Police Municipal Police

look up to.

someone out, you can’t describe it,” said Rocio Chacon, wish granter.

badge and gifts from the police department.






Angelica Machorro supported the wish.

“I know, with all he has gone through, he has found strength in what a superhero has


“Alexis is a very special young boy and to be

to endure at times and knows he himself is

able to contribute to his happiness and the

one,” Garcia said.

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l Paso Pro-Musica’s “Beyond Measure”

in concert have made a special commitment

present special performances as an avenue

brings some of the finest artists

to provide master classes and special music

to advance their careers, and share their

in the world to the region, in

career opportunities to the students of the

amazing music education with others. This

some very innovative programming

Department of Music at UTEP. Bailey is a

year, the Young Artist Development Series

Professor of Cello at UTEP.

coincides with the collaboration with the El

for the 2015-2016 season. The mission

Paso Museum of Art and the Guggenheim

of El Paso Pro-Musica and its Artistic Director, Zuill Bailey, is to

The Season begins October 17 and 18

Exhibit Series. The concerts will complement

present the finest Chamber Music in

with guitarist David Leisner and Bailey. The

the painting, “The Green Violinist,” by Marc

the world in concert, and then to insure that

concerts in El Paso and Las Cruces will feature

Chagall. The musicians will be featured in

this impressive roster of artists work together

music by Schubert, original compositions by

outreach services at the Museum of Art and

to provide educational outreach in schools,

Leisner and the sultry Spanish sounds of

in a special concert celebrating the coveted

hospitals, libraries and other venues to make

composer Manuel de Falla. The concerts will


music accessible to all. This last season,

highlight the world premiere of the new CD

more than 5,000 students were touched by

featuring Bailey and Leisner.

The 2016 El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Music Festival will take place January 7-30

educational outreach. Bailey performed at the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit of the Hospitals

El Paso Pro-Musica is forging a relationship

and will celebrate decade long collaborations

of Providence, Hospice El Paso, the La Fe

with Johns Hopkins University and the

in the community. “Bach’s Lunch,” at the El

Cultural and Technology Center and the Lee

Peabody School of Music to create the Young

Paso Museum of Art, now in its 10th year,

and Beulah Moor Home.

Artists Development Series. This project will

is a free concert every Thursday at Noon

allow students in advanced and masters

during the Festival designed to bring music

This year, the outreach continues with a

study at Peabody to work in the El Paso

and visual arts together. El Paso Pro-Musica

special emphasis placed on the college level.

region to present outreach, work directly

also celebrates a 10-year collaboration with

Each of the artists that will appear this year

with the music students at UTEP and to

the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, whereby


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each year, featured artists are the special Guest Artists for the January concert. This year, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Bohuslav Rattay, will present “Tales of Hemingway,” a Cello Concerto written for Bailey by Grammy award-winning composer Michael Daugherty. Artists taking part in this year’s festival include The Tempest Trio, with cellist Amit Peled, who performs on the Great Cellist Pablo Casal’s Cello. Noted Cellist Ralph Kirshbaum will appear, as will the first Organist to win a Grammy, Paul Jacobs. Bailey will take audiences “Back to Bach,” and the Quint Quintet, with three-time Grammy-nominated violinist






“Evening of Tango,” and a special EPPM 100 Event, “Argentine Nights,” at the El Adobe Recording Studios featuring the music of tango master Astor Piazzola. March 11 and 12 will feature the Juilliard String Quartet and the farewell performance of its cellist Joel Krosnick. The concerts hold special meaning to Bailey who was a student of Krosnick’s at the Juilliard School. The season will end with a return engagement with El Paso Favorite, pianist Awadagin Pratt. A close friend and colleague of Bailey’s, the one-man show is sure to delight. Season tickets are available as are individual tickets to all concerts on-line and by calling the El Paso Pro-Musica office at 915-833-9400. 86

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With the help of Garcia Subaru, Kids

From November 19 to January 3, Garcia

“Our staff of dance instructors

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and musicians provide a unique

Subaru vehicle sold or leased to a national or

opportunity for participating children to learn

to produce a fun and exciting program for

local charity of choice during their “Share the

fun and challenging dance steps, and even

children around the community.

Love” charity event. This year, Kids Excel El

more importantly, to develop self-confidence

Paso has been selected as the local charity.

and a standard of excellence that will

“By donating a portion of their sales to

positively impact many other aspects of their

charity, Garcia Subaru is setting a great

lives,” Snow said.

example for other companies,” Snow said.

“We are thrilled to have been selected, and feel it will give us an opportunity to spread

Excel El Paso will be able to continue

“We hope that their customers will take

the word about our programs in the El Paso

Kids Excel El Paso also selects several

advantage of the opportunity to designate a

community,” said Jane Snow, Chair of the

partner schools to participate in an end-of-

charity to receive $250 upon their purchase

Board of Directors at Kids Excel El Paso.

the-year gala at the Plaza Theatre. Children

of a vehicle, and of course, we would love

“Garcia Subaru has generously offered to

have the opportunity to participate in a

for them to designate Kids Excel El Paso as

help us by promoting Kids Excel — it is a

professional five-day production with lights,

their charity.”

win-win for both of us. We are committed

live music, costumes, props and training in

to doing whatever it takes to make this a

backstage etiquette, for a life-changing and

To participate in the Garica Subaru “Share the

successful fundraising and PR event.”

memorable experience.

Love” charity event, go to 1444 Airway Blvd,

Founded in October of 2004, Kids Excel El

“The gala performance has become our

Paso is a vibrant arts education program for

signature fundraising event of the year,”

area children. It began as a pilot program with

Snow said. “Through the generosity of our

280 children in three south El Paso schools.

corporate and individual supporters, we have

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Dec. 11 -Zach White (West)

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our students but also raise significant funds,

school year the program will benefit nearly

allowing us to continue to grow our programs

3,000 students in 32 schools in the El Paso

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closed down the streets to hold this festival

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and more. If you’re interested in supporting

took place in downtown El Paso surrounding

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“Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.� Wassily Kandinsky



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don’t think I can say, yet, that I play

next piece. Immediately the baroque threads

play. Perhaps this explains how they play

the piano, but I’ve been meeting

get tangled up. Notes ring out in strange

large chunks of music, involving possibly

with one everyday for almost a year,

clusters and at such a glacial pace that it

millions of notes, by memory. It’s not that

just late at night, or first thing in the

reminds me a bit of nails on a chalkboard.

they memorize it bar by bar. Rather, they

morning. I’ve been learning to follow

Over and over, I retrace my steps, trying to

know the music so well that the notes could

its notes up and down the scales

find the path out of this woeful, accidental

not go in any other place.

while going through the short pieces in

modernism. At the rate I am going there is

several exercise books. It’s not long before

little hope that I will ever become a very good

Is that a spiritual experience? Perhaps in

the left and right hand are asked to work

pianist, but this doesn’t bother me. It’s fun to

this sense: musicians give themselves, via

at different rhythms and make surprising

be a beginner, every day, unsure of when and

the discipline, to a communication that is

steps and rests. It’s not clear where to

how the music will come.

far greater than themselves. The source of the music lies elsewhere – in the mind of

look and if I look too closely at the notes, everything slows down and I’ve lost the



the composer. But nonetheless, without

meter. If I watch one hand too intently, the

relationship I have with my piano is that outer

the discipline and skill of the musician, the

other one wanders off. So I try to look on

music is leading to inner music in me. Playing

music could not be realized, could not be

from afar, dispassionately, just enough to

the piano is turning into a spiritual practice.


shapes that my fingers make as they nearly

Like any spiritual practice I have the help of a

Piano playing takes you out of yourself too.

strike the correct notes. Using this method,

guru, my teacher Sebastian Estrada. And like

Therein lies much of its satisfaction. There’s

I have managed to get through the first few

any spiritual practice, piano playing requires

one final aspect to it as a spiritual practice

pieces in my piano books. I’ve played them

discipline. After hours and hours of practice

that occurred to me. It has to do with love.

hundreds of times now, inscribing little

I’ve reached a moment when the motion of

minuet memories into my muscles. I try to

my fingers across the keyboard is actually

Love is like playing a piano. First you must

get out of the way so that they can take over

pleasurable, regardless of the sound. And

learn how to play by the rules and from there

while I listen along. Of course I can hear

then something else happens: there’s the

you must forget the rules and play from your

when something goes wrong but it’s been

sense that the music is playing me, rather

heart. The same could be said for finding God.

interesting to find that the wrong note feels

than me playing the music.





discern the patterns on the sheet and the

wrong to the finger as well. Professional musicians must have this sense When my fingers have woven together a

all the time, the very best concert performers

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e’ve all just welcomed fall, but the world of fashion is ahead of the curve, showing and producing Spring Collections for specialty and department stores all over the world. These looks offer a sneak peak at what we can expect to see in the pages of our favorite fashion magazines and style blogs. The fashion calendar is consistent in that designers show their wares in the same cities in the same order twice a year (summer/spring and winter/fall collections). Fashion Weeks kick off in New York, followed by London, Milan, and finally, Paris. This allows buyers, editors and retailers time to take in the trends, plan for the upcoming year and to forecast the next must-have items. Retailers






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2016 trends to plan for

Haute, Haute Hippie Fringed hemlines, flared denim, boho maxis and paisley

prints make a comeback in spring.

2 High Seas

Nautical style was a recurring theme,

with sailor-style pants, and striped tops galore. Lots of navy and off/ white combos keep the look fresh,

fun and accessible.



2016 trends to plan for

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Cold Shoulder Off-the-shoulder dresses, tops and jumpsuits were everywhere. Invest in a strapless bra ladies, there is an off-the-shoulder something or other in everyone’s collection

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2016 trends to plan for

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Coming up Roses

Rose Quartz is the proper

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Don’t be selfish “Selfie” sticks are major. If you don’t know someone that owns one then you’re probably the one that owns it; but let’s be honest, they’re pretty obnoxious. We’ve seen people take their sticks out in a crowded bar, or even at a nice restaurant. Unless you’re going solo on an exotic trip, there’s no need for a “selfie” stick, there’s always someone willing to take your picture.

Crop that top Don’t get me wrong, crop tops are nice for the summer and those nice hot days in the spring when you want your midriff to not be sweating. For the fall, something more covered is the way to go. You don’t want your belly turning blue with the cold weather that we’re going to get in the next couple of months.

Beef Jerky Is that a leather couch? An Oompa Loompa? Nope, it’s someone with an excessive tan. A nice, natural dark skin is beautiful, but when someone starts looking like a tall glass of orange juice or a roll of pepperoni, that is when it becomes a problem. Excessive tanning is not healthy and there’s a lot of documentaries about the risks of tanning. Embrace your natural skin and ditch the glow for the winter.


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How To Get Glam In a Flash

Take Your Make Up

from Day to Night in 5 Steps | By: MATTHEW ABRAHAM |


s the holidays quickly approach,

need to stress about looking less than your

we often find ourselves trying to

very best at your nighttime dinner party or

fit more and more family, work

holiday gala, even if you just came straight

and social commitments

from a late day at the office. With these five

into our already busy schedules. This means

pro makeup hacks, you’ll be able to leave

there is absolutely no time to apply a full face

your business meeting at 5:3O p.m. and have

of makeup more than once during the day, as

enough time to get to your 6 p.m. cocktail

you may only have mere minutes between

hour looking like you spent all afternoon with

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| By: KRYSTA AYERS photography by: JORDAN PARKER |



rom the same guys that brought

you Blackbird, the freight container bar near the Chihuahua’s stadium, comes

Gray Dog, El Paso’s first upscale bar. With a premium spot in a continuously growing downtown, this hidden gem will soon be a go-to, if it isn’t already, for downtown employees, baseball fans, and drinkers of all sorts (21 and older, of course). Under the ownership of Luke Heram, Yairo Heram and TJ Karam, the new bar is setting high standards for El Paso when it comes to entertaining the Sun City. Gray Dog, named after owners Luke and Yairo’s dog, Cejas, who is a gray schnauzer, sits calmly on the corner of Franklin and Oregon Street in downtown El Paso. On the outside, Gray Dog is a just a hole-in-thewall with subtle window decal to declare its presence. If anyone remembers the previous bar located there, Gray Dog shares no resemblance. “We wanted to create an upscale dive bar so that we could attract a wider range of people. We’ve made it a comfortable place for business people to come during the day and then the younger crowd at night,” says owner, Luke Heram. It achieves the “upscale” half of its description with unique furnishings – the bar top is made up of common materials structured in an innovative way. You can rest your drinks and


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your elbows on a unique bar top of wooden rings in a clear casing resting on a “caged in” rock wall. The walls are adorned with large art pieces, and on occasion art done by local artists in El Paso can be seen, adding to the distinct atmosphere that Gray Dog creates. “The location fell into our lap and there’s a rebirth about downtown that we want to be a part of,” says Heram. With a great location and a steady amount of activity, the bartenders are just as excited about the bar and its future. “There is really something special going on downtown and I think in a couple of years El Paso will have the downtown it deserves,” says Gray Dog bartender, Cesar Muniz. Both Muniz and Jordan Parker, another bartender for the bar, agree that being in the “heart of the city”, amongst the growth, is what makes Gray Dog different and more appealing from other bars in the area. “I think we have a really versatile crowd and staff, so it makes our bar very inviting,” Parker adds. Though it’s not “Cheers,” it can easily become the 122

November, 2015 place everyone knows your name. “Once the Cincinnati district died, we were left with a void. Every big city has at least one major entertainment district and downtown will be the main one,” Muniz says. The growth of downtown juxtaposed with the friendly staff and passion from the owners will make Gray Dog a popular choice amongst many in El Paso. “ We built the space, but it would not be the way it is without the employees, “ added Luke Heram. Being a local bar, Gray Dog advocates and supports other local creatives and businesses. “If we can be involved with anything




we’ll do it. We want people excited about downtown,” Luke Heram said, passionately speaking about the growth and involvement of the community. Just recently Gray Dog was involved with SunCycle, the city’s bike share program, providing a spot for riders to stop and join in on happy hour and promoting the great new program. On October 13 it was also the place where Beto O’Rourke held his campaign kickoff. “[O’Rourke] is a friend of ours and a real advocate of the growth of downtown. And he’s saying that [Grey Dog] is his favorite downtown location,” explained Luke Heram on how the congressman ended up having his kickoff at the bar. Gray Dog provides ‘high quality libations” while maintaining the relaxed atmosphere expected in a dive bar. You can find various craft beers to try and love such as Maui Brewing Co.’s Coconut Porter, Big Bend Brewery,





Mission Brewery’s Hard Root Beer. And there’s no need to squint your eyes or use your phone light to read the beer menu because Gray Dog has you covered with convenient LED menus. So whether you have your work meeting over a beer during lunch or mingle with new people in the evening over a cocktail, Gray Dog is the place to let loose and enjoy the city. Go and see for yourself.


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Control Your Mind. Conquer Your Body; Vacations that Cleanse the Soul | By: MEAGAN KINLEY |


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“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” - Unknown


n the wake of stress and the interminable

And really if we are honest, we know we need

strain that makes up the ebb and flow

the downtime. With more and more studies

of the everyday grind of our lives, we

showing that stress and that non-stop go-getting

look forward to our getaways as a time

cause premature aging, disease and a whole

of solace and escape. After all, aren’t

host of other miserable ailments, there has never

vacations supposed to be about relaxation?

been a better occasion or reason to take time by

As humans we often get this wrong –

the horns and schedule some moments spent

cluttering these little respites with a list

reflecting, meditating and thinking about you.

of activities and “to dos” that sends us

spiraling into an unending cycle of checklists and

But how do we do this?

must-sees. Often these “vacations” create more

How do we find our escape?

anxiety than they cure. We get the “getaway” part right but once we get to wherever it is we

For those of you who feel all that clutter in

are visiting, we set out to see and do it all. We

your soul, a vacation with the intent of actually

want to see and do everything that that city or

unplugging is a venture you will never regret. For

place has to offer – even if that means adding

many, this can mean escaping and going back

a heap of angst to the small window of escape.

to nature. Answering this deep-felt need, spas and wellness retreats have sprung up all across

If you find yourself craving a holiday truly away-

the globe, offering the downtrodden a space

from-it-all, a time for you to check out and

of tranquility and a time to unwind and actually

actually unwind, a real sabbatical of stress-free

unplug. In the spirit of mental and spiritual health,

and unscheduled space where you can actually

this month The City tracked down the best

spend time just being you, then it’s time for

wellness retreats for those of you who crave a

you to get set out and cleanse your soul. In the

new and exhilarating experience adventuring

immortal words of Billy Joel, “Slow down, you

beyond the cliché, deep into the heart of the

crazy child and take the phone off the hook and

human spirit inside yourself.

disappear for awhile.”



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The Ranch at Live Oak, Malibu, California Although a bit pricey, this top-tier wellness retreat takes the top of the charts with its beautiful views and world-renowned results. Boasting “A Short Stay, long on benefits” The Ranch at Live Oak” is truly a fantasy fitness spa with everything you could ever want and more. From delicious healthy food, to exquisite accommodations, this retreat will take your breath away and give your mind solace all at once.


Eslan, Big Sur, California This Cliffside escape is not only

breathtaking, but it also has it all. From the best nature can offer to more than 400 workshops, spa treatments, massages and more, this Pacific retreat is just what your soul has been craving. Not to mention all of the rooms on site look out over the ocean – trust us, your soul will thank you after your visit.


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UTEP to the

| By: SAMUEL HORSTMAN Photos courtesy of: UTEP ATHLETICS |

NFL Jameill Showers


from utep to the nfl

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Antwon Blake

Da’mon Cromartie-Smith

Quintin Demps

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t is not hard to believe that El Paso is home to some of the most talented players in the nation. From basketball to football, the University

of Texas at El Paso has made history

and shaped remarkable talent in the

world of sports.

Since 1940, more than 70 UTEP football players have been chosen in the NFL draft and more than 100 have played professional football. UTEP currently has five former players who are currently with an NFL team. Overall, in the last seven decades 29 NFL teams, ranging from the Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ners,

Horace Miller

to the Pittsburgh Steelers, have drafted the former UTEP standouts. Currently signed with an NFL team include Antwon Blake (Pittsburgh), Quintin Demps (Houston), Jon Dorenbos (Philadelphia), Jameill Showers (Dallas) and Eric Tomlinson (Houston).

Jon Dorenbos

UTEP is also known to break records year after year; football is a competitive sport and the Miners are taught to strive to be the best. Recently, the Oakland Raiders, in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft, selected former linebacker Thomas Howard. Howard was the


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Wes Miller


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sixth selection of the second round and the 38th overall selection in the draft. He became the first Miner player to be chosen in the first

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two rounds of the NFL Draft since 1973. Gary Keithley, the first, was the 19th pick of the second round by the St. Louis Cardinals. Howard was named UTEP’s defensive MVP in 2005. Though many former Miners have gone on to play for the NFL, only a few have played in the biggest game in any player’s career, the Super Bowl. Don Maynard lettered for the Miners from 1954-56. He played in the NFL for 15 seasons. During that time he helped lead the New York Jets to Super Bowl III in 1968. Maynard was a four-time AFL All-Star. The Jets retired his jersey, No. 13, and he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987. More recently, Tony Tolbert was a member of three Cowboys Super Bowl championship teams in the 90s. Chris Jacke scored nine points in the 1997 Super Bowl, igniting the Green Bay Packers’ win over New England. Trey Darilek (Philadelphia, 2005) and Brian Young (St. Louis, 2002) were also a part of

teams that advanced to the Super Bowl. Seth

accountable off of it. On that team was

Joyner was a three-time Pro Bowler and was

current Dallas Cowboy and former UTEP

appointed the NFC Defensive Player of the

quarterback, Jameill Showers.

Year in 1991 while with the Eagles. Despite his injury mid-season while at UTEP, The team is currently is under the direction

Showers was able to overcome his barriers and

of Sean Kugler for his third season with the

in May of this year signed a free agent contract

Miners. In his first year at the university,

with the Cowboys as a forth-string quarterback.

Kugler established expectations for his student-athletes. They would be disciplined

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ovember and Thanksgiving seem to be synonymous

of Thanksgiving. A Spanish explorer, Juan de Oñate, and his expedition

when it comes to the holidays, and this Thanksgiving,

offered Thanksgiving at a meal that was celebrated April 30, 1598.

besides focusing on friends, family and festivities where food takes the center stage, I would like to encourage

Living in the Southwest has given us so much history and richness

you to take notice of the primary ingredient that often

that when I first moved here six years ago, being born and raised in

gets overlooked, and that is of course, GRATITUDE.

New York City, I discovered what I thought was the “last frontier.” I fell in love with El Paso with all its richness, history and beauty, but

Thankfulness and gratitude are the two primary aspects of

what really means the most to me and what I am thankful for the

Thanksgiving that truly excite me because this day and meal is a

most is the lovely people that are from this region that I have fallen

time when families and friends gather around a dinner table to enjoy

in love with.

a wonderful meal that has taken days to think about and prepare. Thanksgiving is also a time to look around the table and see how

Besides making a traditional Southwest Thanksgiving meal that is

many wonderful people are in our lives.

healthy and nutritious, I also wanted to feed you what I call primary foods. These foods are what we put into our lives, hearts and minds.

Thanksgiving Day also has another significant moment in our history,

Having an attitude of gratitude and thankfulness will be the richest

especially for the people of the Southwest, El Paso, Juárez and New

and healthiest element you can put into your body.

Mexico. A new tradition has taken hold in our state of Texas. The people of El Paso can now claim the first Thanksgiving in North America,

As you enjoy this wonderful festivity, I would like to say thank you for

which was first observed recently on April 30, 1989. This event

being brave enough to try my menus and enjoying the gift of health I

commemorates a celebration that was dedicated specifically to a day

have given you. BON APPÉTITE!

Holiday Turkey – Southwestern Style Serves 8-12 Ingredients: 15-pound organic turkey 2 1/2 cups of filtered water Cracked black pepper to taste Himalayan Salt to taste 1 tsp. of cinnamon 2 1/2 tbsp. smoked paprika 1 tbsp. ground cumin 1 cup low sodium organic chicken broth Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees with oven rack on the lower part of the oven. In a large roasting pan with a rack, add two

basting throughout the cooking process. You

In a mixing bowl, mix the smoked paprika,

cups of water and one cup of chicken broth.

may use a meat thermometer registering

salt, pepper, ground cumin, cinnamon and

Place the turkey breast side down and roast

about 180 degrees. Cover the turkey if it

add the 2½ cups of water to make a rub

for 1½ hours.

starts browning more than desired.

the turkey under the skin, especially on the

Remove the turkey from the oven, and

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carefully turn the turkey over. Continue

20 minutes.

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roasting for about 1 ½ to 2 hours more while


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Rick’s Holistic Gourmet Cranberry-Raspberry Sauce Serves 8-12 Ingredients: 48 oz. of dried cranberries 48 oz. of fresh or frozen organic raspberries 1/2 cup Organic Turbinated sugar Filtered or bottled water (enough to cover the dried cranberries and raspberries) Directions: In a stainless steel saucepan cover the dried cranberries with the filtered or bottled water. Simmer for two hours to rehydrate the dried cranberries adding water to continue to cover the berries if necessary. After one hour of simmering the dried cranberries, add the raspberries and the organic sugar and continue to simmer for the remaining hour, stirring occasionally. Cover and set aside to allow the cranberryraspberry sauce to cool then refrigerate overnight to fully rehydrate.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Organic Shallots & Slivered Raw Almonds

Peel the shallots and leave whole. On a

Serves 8-12

Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste. Seal

sheet of tin foil, place the shallots and sprinkle 1 tbsp. of olive oil over the top. the packet and bake until the shallots are


tender, about 30-45 minutes. Set aside to

24 organic small shallots

cool leaving the foil open.

2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 2 lbs. Brussels sprouts (small)

Trim the stems of the Brussels sprouts and

1 tsp. sea salt

remove the outer layer of the leaves. Cut the

1 tsp. smoked paprika

sprouts in half. Combine them in a roasting

1/3 cup of organic raw slivered almonds

pan with the cooked shallots and sprinkle the

Cracked black pepper to taste

remaining 1 tbsp. of olive oil, salt and pepper, smoked paprika and slivered almonds. Bake


25 to 35 minutes, tossing several times

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

during the cooking process until the sprouts are lightly browned and tender.


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HENRY’S MASHED POTATOES WITH MESQUITE & PECAN WOOD FIRE-ROASTED HATCH CHILE Serves 8-12 Ingredients: 3 large russet potatoes peeled and quartered 3 medium - large fresh Hatch green chiles 3 medium - large fresh Hatch red chiles 4 tbsp. Kerrygold Irish Butter 1/2 cup organic Half and Half (more if creamier mashed potatoes are desired) 1 tbsp. coarse Kosher Salt (Note: this does not include salt needed to cook potatoes) 1 tsp. fresh ground pepper 1 tsp. powdered Dill Weed (or 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh) 1 tsp. powdered red chile 1/2 tsp. granulated garlic 1/2 tsp. granulated onion 1/2 tsp. ground cumin Directions: To prepare chile: 1. Clean and rinse chile pods and pat dry. 2. On a barbecue grill create a fire with pecan and mesquite. A lot of smoke is preferred. Allow wood to create a low flame. 3. Place chiles directly on the grill over a low flame until skin is blistered and near black. Note: chiles must be attended to carefully throughout this process to avoid burning. 4. Remove chiles, place them in a shallow pan and cover with a moist towel or cloth. Allow to sit for a few minutes. 5. When somewhat cool, and under running water, remove burned outer skin, stems, seeds and veins. 6. Chop coarsely, set aside To cook potatoes: 1. Place potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, 15 to 17 minutes; drain. To prepare dish:

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Receiving and Returning Gifts

November, 2015

Dr. Nathaniel L. Griffith Internal MedIcIne


When opening gifts in the presence of

do not like or need it, you can always exchange

others, we need to be aware of our reactions

it at a later date or give it to someone you

and comments.

know might enjoy it.

When recently at a birthday party, the guests

What we want to remember here is that the

were shocked at the never-ending comments

person giving the gift has taken time and

of the birthday girl. Every present she opened

effort to bring it and our response should be

was either something she already had or didn’t

one of appreciation and gratitude.

approve of and she let her guests know it in a very ungrateful manner. We all left the party

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embarrassed for the girl’s impolite behavior

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Health-Care Insurance Enrollment: Questions and Challenges An important part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the creation of Health Insurance Exchanges or Marketplaces (the terms are interchangeable) through which consumers may compare and buy health insurance, and find out whether they are eligible for Medicaid or tax credits/subsidies that reduce the cost of insurance. TheACAoffersstatestheoptionofoperatingtheirownExchangeor deferring to an Exchange established by the federal government. Currently, only 14 states maintain their own Exchanges. The insurance mandate

Aside from the malfunctioning federal Exchange website, other

The ACA requires that most U.S. citizens and legal residents

potential problem focuses on the wording of the ACA as it relates to

(exceptions apply) have qualifying health insurance or face a penalty.

state-based Exchanges.

To allow sufficient time to get insurance, the federal Exchange opened for business on October 1, to coincide with the open enrollment

issues have arisen that may pose challenges to the ACA. One

No subsidies from federal Exchange?

period of October 1 through March 31. Individuals have to be insured by March 31 in order to avoid the penalty, meaning people have to

The ACA provides that consumers may receive tax credits or

apply for insurance by mid-February to ensure coverage by the end

subsidies that reduce the cost of insurance purchased through “an

of March.

Exchange established by the state.” However, 36 states have not established Exchanges, leaving their residents with the option of

Hard to apply if the website isn’t working

buying insurance through the federal Exchange. The ACA, however,

However, the federal Exchange website,, hasn’t

purchased through the federal Exchange.

does not specifically provide for tax credits and subsidies for insurance

worked properly from its inception. Many consumers have been frustrated trying to buy insurance and determine whether they are

The IRS put out a regulation to redefine an “Exchange” to include

eligible for subsidies. Not all consumers have to use the federal

a “federally facilitated Exchange.” But that hasn’t stopped the filing

Exchange website to apply for insurance. Several states have

of four lawsuits (and maybe more on the way) that ask the courts

established their own state-run Exchanges, which are up and running.

to rule that tax credits and subsidies are only available for insurance

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purchased through state Exchanges, and not the federal Exchange.


A ruling to that effect could effectively remove the availability of tax credits and subsidies for consumers purchasing insurance through the federal Exchange.


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“Best Night Shot” photo contest!

Congratulations Ann Taylor for capturing an amazing “night shot” of el paso. Don’t forget to start submitting your “Best Live Entertainment Shot” of El Paso for your chance to be featured in our December/January issue of The City Magazine! Submissions should include one 5x7 photo print, or a high-resolution digital file on CD or by email. All photos sent will be property of TCM for publishing and will not be mailed back to sender. All entries should include your name, phone number and a brief description of how the photo was taken. Email entries to: or call (915)500-5730 with questions. DEADLINE: November 18, 2015 146

November, 2015



La Paz Dia de Los Muertos Celebration ::: Nov 1

Experience an authentic El Paso Dia De Los Muertos at the largest Columbarium at La Paz Faith Memorial and Spiritual Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Info: (915) 564-5348 or


19th Annual Veterans Parade ::: Nov 7

El Paso is proud of our veterans! Come out to San Elizario Historic District and show your support at the 19th Annual Veterans Parade beginning on that Saturday at 9 a.m. There will also be a special Veteran presentations at 10:30 a.m.

Taste of El Paso ::: Nov 12

13 of El Paso’s best restaurants will be brought together under the same roof for Taste of El Paso 2015. Enjoy fine food, craft beer and live music at this iconic Sun City event Nov. 12 at 5 p.m. Info:

Info: (915) 851-1682 or

2nd Annual Dia De Los Muertos Catrina Festival and Parade ::: Nov 1

Main Street in San Elizario Historic District will be hosting their 2nd Annual Dia De Los Muertos Catrina Festival and Parade on Nov. 1 from 1 to 8 p.m. With facepainting, Charro Calavera, local artists, storytelling a ghost tour, and more there is no better way to live Dia De Los Muertos. Admission is free.

Journey Through Time at Lake Lucero ::: Nov 7

Are you eager to learn about our regions history? Lake Lucero is having a Journey Through Time event at Lake Lucero where you and your explorer can learn about the 10,000-year history surrounding the human habitation of the lake area. Admission is $8.00. Info: (575) 479-6124 or

“Chihuahuan Desert” Lecture ::: Nov 12

As part of the “Icons and Symbols of the Borderlands” exhibit at UTEP, guest speakers from across the Chihuahuan Desert will contribute to this informative lecture about art in our unique region at Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Info: (915) 851-0093 or




Esperanza Azteca ::: Nov 7

“A Christmas Fair” by the Junior League of El Paso, Inc. ::: Nov 6 to 8

Since 1973 the Junior League of El Paso’s “A Christmas Fair” has brought the community of the Sun City together for a day of fashion, music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, an auction and more. Get your Christmas shopping done this early and support some of the best of El Paso’s local businesses. Info: (915) 584-3511


Esperanza Azteca is a social program for underprivileged boys and girls ages 5 – 17 working to improve the self-esteem of young people through performance arts. Come see these amazing young people perform Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Info:

The Young Irelanders ::: Nov 13

For a night of authentic Irish music, song and dance – The Young Irelanders are sure to show you a night of fun you will never forget! Coming to the Abraham Chavez Theatre at 7:30 p.m., get your tickets today! Info:

November, 2015



Franklin Mountains Trail Run 5K, 10K, ½ Marathon, 50K::: Nov 14

Training? Get into shape before Turkey day at the Franklin Mountains Trail Run! With three different distances you are sure to get all you want and then some at this exciting event. There will be a 5K, 10K, ½ Maraton and 50K all starting early on Nov. 14 at the Franklin Mountain State

Rodney Carrington ::: Nov 21

El Paso Symphony Orchestra presents Romantic Fantasies ::: Nov 21

Don’t miss country comedian, actor, singer and Texas Native Rodney Carrington for his one-night performance at the Abraham Chavez Theatre on November 21. Tickets

The El Paso Symphony Orchestra and the Plaza Theatre present Romantic Fantasies on

start at $31.

Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $16.00.

Info: (915) 534-0600 or


Park Tom May’s Unit.


Info: or

Hueco Tanks Birding Tour ::: Nov 21

Chemistry Day!::: Nov 14

The University of Texas at El Paso is celebrating Chemistry Day! With hands-on experiences and experiments your learners are guaranteed to get caught up in the kinetic spirit! Admission is $53 for all 7 hours (from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

If you didn’t know, El Paso is hub for some of the U.S’s premier bird watching. Take a drive out to Hueco Tanks for a spectacular day of observation. Teamed up with a guide, you are sure to see the best of over 200 species of birds that frequent the park. Don’t forget your binoculars, camera, water bottle and plenty of sunscreen. The hike will begin at 8:30 a.m., admission is $9. Info: (915) 849-6684

Info: (915) 747-5142 or

Feria de la Familia ::: Nov 22

Feria de la Familia is coming to the El Paso Convention Center Plaza on Nov. 22 for a day of health and wellness. Starting at 11 a.m. and running till 6 p.m. get your yearly check up as well as some interesting and informative health, fitness, and wellness demonstrations while enjoying live music and local artists. Admission is free. Info:

15 26 Las Artistas Art & Fine Crafts Show ::: Nov 21 to 22

Come out for this popular pre-Thanksgiving event and get your hands on some great homemade holiday gifts! The show starts on Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. and will run until Nov. 22 at 4 p.m. Admission is $6.

Mission Trail Art Market ::: Nov 15

Info: (915) 319-4541 or

Experience culture at the Mission Trail Art Market at San Elizario Historic District from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Shop for delicate pottery, vibrant jewelry, timeless home accents, or seasonal decorations. There will also be unique paintings, sculptures and photography. Sweet and savory treats will also be offered. Admission is free. Info: (915) 851-0093 or

Sun Bowl Parade ::: Nov 26

Don’t miss this year’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! This year the Sun Bowl Parade theme is Extraordinary Inventions. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Montana Ave. and Ochoa St. Admission is free.

UTEP vs. Louisiana Tech ::: Nov 21

Info: (915) 533-4416 or

Don’t miss another exciting Miner football game at Sun Bowl Stadium. On Nov. 21, the Miners will take on Louisiana Tech starting at 5 p.m.




Southwest University

Entrepreneur of the Year Awards SEPTEMBER 17, 2015 | Photographed by TOMMIE MORELOS


Pointe Homes: Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Franklin Ave. Apartments SEPTEMBER 17, 2015 | At SOUTHEWEST UNIVERSITY PARK | Photographed by TOMMIE MORELOS


Grand Opening of

El Paso Medical Research Institute SEPTEMBER 24, 2015 | Photographed by TOMMIE MORELOS


LiveFitEP Gro Strong Fitness Festival Competition SEPTEMBER 26, 2015 | Photographed by TOMMIE MORELOS


HERO FC “Best of the Best VI”

To End Bullying SEPTEMBER 26, 2015 | Photographed by TOMMIE MORELOS



El Paso Fashion Week OCTOBER 10, 2015 | Presented by WILHELMINA BAZAAR | Photographed by TOMMIE MORELOS






Supreme Salon Tour OCTOBER 11, 2015 | Photographed by TOMMIE MORELOS 1st place Photo by: Michael Shawn & Get Curled & Get Faded Barber Salon Model: Heather Schaemann

2nd place Photo By: Doug Mungavin & The Stage Model: Zulema Atktaz

3rd place Photo by David Parish & Hilites, featuring LaShawndra Harris Model: Peaches



Francis Aviation VIP Charter Party SEPTEMBER 30, 2015 | Photographed by BRIAN KANOF


The Hospitals of Providence

Transmountain Campus Topping Out Ceremony OCTOBER 12, 2015 | Photographed by TOMMIE MORELOS

October, 2015



Forti’s Mexican Elder Restaurant $$

Mi Piaci


321 Chelsea St. | (915) 772-0066

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

Forti’s Mexican Elder Restaurant has been serving savory Mexican

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

food for more than 35 years. Their Carnitas are slowly simmered

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

large pieces of seasoned marinated pork shoulder and come with

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

cilantro, grilled onions served with beans, rice and guacamole. O, DF

and gently homemade pasta from Italy. O


Koi Japanese Fusion $$$ Thai Chef Café $

5860 N Mesa St. | (915) 760-6404

4800 Dyer St. | (915) 566-8050 If you are looking for an upscale and modern sushi restaurant, Koi Recognized as one of the best Thai restaurants in town, Thai Chef

Japanese Fusion is the perfect fit for you. Koi relies on their fresh fish

Café brings an authentic flavor to the Sun City. The Keaw Warn is one

and delectable hot entrées, paired always with amazing drinks and

of their most popular curry dishes, served with green beans, bamboo

wine to attract any kind of costumer for any occasion. O, H

shoots along with your favorite choice of protein in a savory green curry. Garnished with sweet bell pepper and served with steamed jasmine rice.


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

$$ - Medium Range Dog Friendly- DF

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

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



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

Anson 11 $$-$$$ 303 N. Oregon St. Suite 110 | (915) 504-6400

Mesa Street Grill introduces their newest dessert creation – the Pineapple Crostata. This refreshing blend of pineapple, cinnamon

Anson 11 is two exceptional dining experiences dedicated to the

and nutmeg is crowned with a cashew crumble and handmade

military man, the gentleman, and the food connoisseur that was

sugar garnish. Taste this dessert once and it’s sure to become a

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

summertime favorite. O, H, PR, H

Anson 11 is the restaurant to go to. PR, H

Zeke’s Sports Bar and Grill


2900 N. Mesa St., Ste A. | (915) 231-6811

House of Pizza $$

El Paso’s newest local business located right across from UTEP. Zeke’s

208 N. Stanton St. | (915) 533-3424

menu goes beyond the typical range of bar food, extending to pasta

The vintage and trendy House of Pizza offers their most popular specialty pizza, which is called the House Special. It includes pepperoni, Canadian bacon, sausage, mushrooms, black olives, onions, bell peppers, and irresistible extra cheese. O

and even seafood, although we are known for our delicious wings and burgers. Our best selling Hot Jalapeño Burger is made with 1/2 lb. of premium beef patty served with freshly made toreados and pepper jack cheese. It’s sure to leave your mouth watering. O


The Green Ingredient


201 East Main Street #201

The Smokehouse BBQ, Ribs and More $$

El Paso, TX 79901 | 915-298-1010

8414 North Loop Dr. | (915) 592-RIBS (7427)

The Green Ingredient is a restaurant that offers delicious, nutritious,

Meat lovers! Welcome to a little piece of rib-heaven in El Paso.

and personalized meals, teas, and more. Offering people the real

The Original Baby Back Ribs are just one of their specialties of the

perspective of health, you can get balanced meals that are nutritious,

house with their own original recipes. Prepared fresh and slowly

free from additives, preservatives, GMO’s, and extremely high quality. Stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

cooked to perfection using apple wood during the whole process 163 creating a magnificent flavor. H

November, 2015

november Advertiser INDEX A & O Group................................................................. Pg. 79

Mesa Street Grill............................................................. Pg. 7

Axess Multimedia....................................................... Pg. 147

Mi Piaci Ristorante Italiano........................................... Pg. 86

Ben Bridge Jeweler................................................. Pg. 10-11

Mix Salon and Spa...................................................... Pg. 102

BMW of El Paso........................................................... Pg. 81

Mt. West Family Health Center.................................. Pg. 119

Bogart’s Steakhouse & Bar........................................... Pg. 41

Nathan Soria Styling................................................... Pg. 129

Casa Buenavista...................................................... Pg. 18-19

Dr. Nathaniel Griffith................................................... Pg. 140

Claudia Castillo Makeup Artistry................................... Pg. 40

New You Gym............................................................... Pg. 12

Complete Emergency Care.......................................... Pg. 17

Paso Del Norte Wealth Advisors................................ Pg. 123

D’ansa Jazz Stage......................................................... Pg. 79

Phase Audio.................................................................. Pg. 73

David Paul................................................................... Pg. 103

POSH Bridal.................................................................. Pg. 77

Deutsch & Deutsch Jewelers....................................... Pg. 15

Quartermane Salon....................................................... Pg. 97

Dorney Security Systems........................................... Pg. 110

Regency of El Paso....................................................... Pg. 87

Double Tree by Hilton................................................. Pg. 139

Sierra Providence Bariatric Center.................................. Pg. 9

Edible Arrangements.................................................. Pg. 111

Southwest Plastic Surgery............................................. Pg. 3

El Paso Brew at the Zoo............................................... Pg. 47

Southwest University at El Paso.................................. Pg. 13

El Paso Photo Ops........................................................ Pg. 86

Spectrum Technologies................................................ Pg. 52

El Taco Tote.................................................................. Pg. 23

Sunset Funeral Homes............................................... Pg. 117

Garcia Land Rover El Paso.......................................... Pg. 166

SCC Imaging................................................................. Pg. 87

Garcia Subaru El Paso................................................. Pg. 135

Table Occasions............................................................ Pg. 73

GECU................................................................... inside cover

Taste of El Paso............................................................ Pg. 91

Gold’s Gym................................................................. Pg. 117

The El Paso Club......................................................... Pg. 111

Grace the Psychic Lady................................................ Pg. 45

The Green Ingredient.................................................... Pg. 51

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino.................... Pg. 5

The Hospitals of Providence Children’s Hospital.......... Pg. 74

Intraceuticals.............................................................. Pg. 141

The Italian Kitchen West............................................... Pg. 45

Koi Japanese Fusion..................................................... Pg. 41

The Paw Wash............................................................. Pg. 29

KTSM News Channel 9.............................................. Pg. 144

The Smokehouse........................................................ Pg. 129

Love Buzz..................................................................... Pg. 29

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

Matthew Abraham Make Up Artistry......................... Pg. 116

Walgreens............................................................... Pg. 20-21

Mercedes-Benz of El Paso......................................... Pg. 107 164

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