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Perfection at the Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park HISTORY RESTORED By: LAURA GALLEGOS
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A gem cannot be polished without friction nor a person perfected without trials
ur world is looking different these days, but one of the
There is a light! Amongst the
silver linings in all of this is the time we’re spending together,
adversity, there is an imminent
reinstating the simple things. Kids are home, really home. Our high
reset coming to the city of El Paso.
school kids who remain in pajamas all day, are learning to appreciate
We see our favorite locally-owned
the family they once ran from only a few months ago, and our college
restaurants begging to reopen. We
kids are home to get re-grounded. Our circles have become smaller,
see our retail businesses with an
more intimate, we now know what our friends look like without the
“open” sign on their doors. We
suits, ties and make-up. Shorts, flip flops and t-shirts have become the
even embrace the traffic because
new norm. Loved ones are forced to connect on a deeper level. The
it means our businesses are hiring
days from our childhood have returned. Sitting around the dinner table
our family members back. Yes, life is
has become the norm again. “What are we eating?” has replaced the
different! As we figure out what that
phrase, “See ya mom I’m going with friends.”
means, it must start somewhere.
I’ve become a gardener. There’s something invigorating about pulling
It starts with those of us who
squash from the vine that I planted. Food has become the center of
fearlessly yet cautiously step back
our days, and our cooking skills have been taken to a new height.
into business. Thank you for all of
Ok, not my cooking skills, but my man’s cooking skills are amazing! I
the phone calls, emails, and text
still only make one thing and that’s reservations. So, I’m a little rusty
messages from our readers and
at that skill, but I have no doubt memory recall will set in. Cocktail
social media followers reminding us
hour doesn’t need its hour anymore, it just starts when it feels like
how important The City Magazine is to our community. You’ve spoken
starting. We no longer say it’s five-o-clock somewhere, we now say...
and we’re taking that leap of faith. The overwhelming consensus is
it’s time. Walking the family dog is a new daily activity. If I was really
that El Pasoans need to hear about all of the good things in our city,
on my game, I would have become a door to door dog-collar, leash
and that’s what we do. Because of this, we’re thrilled to announce that
and toy salesperson. I’ve met neighbors and I now know their names.
we’re back! The City Magazine is returning with a September/October
Neighbors who merely received the nod from the car as I drove by
issue followed by a November/December issue with very high hopes
each morning are now familiar faces with whom we share short visits
of returning to monthly issues come 2021. Our social media will be
from across the street.
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to support us.
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“Year of the Coronavirus.”
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PERFECTION at the Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park | By: LAURA GALLEGOS, Managing Editor photos courtesy of: PLAZA HOTEL AT PIONEER PLAZA |
HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR IN EL PASO According to the El Paso History Alliance, Elizabeth Taylor gave an El Paso Times reporter an exclusive interview prior to the
he Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park has lived
In the 1930s, the hotel was the talk of
many lives. Now, it’s back again in
the town. The plaza hotel brought luxury
grand splendor to give the city of El
and intrigue to the city of El Paso. A giant
Paso a bit of nostalgia and good news for the
suite at the top of the hotel overlooks
present day. The hotel rose to prominence
Juarez, Chihuahua on one side and El
in the El Paso skyline when it was built in
Paso, Texas on the other. In the 1950s,
1930 by the renowned architectural firm
it was briefly the home of then 17-year-
Trost & Trost. The land where the plaza
old Elizabeth Taylor prior to her wedding
now sits was the site of the Sheldon Hotel,
to “Nicki” Hilton, Jr. and during the
the unofficial headquarters of the Mexican
shooting of the classic film “Giant.”
wedding. During the interview, Hilton was out playing golf at the El Paso Country Club. After the interview, Taylor planned to spend the afternoon shopping in Juarez with her mother and her futire mother-inlaw. To get more details about the wedding, you can find the original article at: https:// elpasotimes.typepad.com/morgue/2011/03/ miss-elizabeth.html
Revolution. After a massive fire, the plaza was later resurrected by Conrad Hilton when
Decades later, and after being shut down in
it became a Hilton property in 1930. Some
1992, investors began to breathe life into the
say the Plaza Hotel marked the beginning of
130-room grand hotel after it was purchased by
the Hilton empire.
Paul Foster in 2007. Luckily, architects had the foresight to keep a record of this magnificent piece of property to help restore it.
P e r f e c t i o n at t h e P l a z a H o t e l P i o n e e r Pa r k
HISTORICAL WHISPERS The announcement in the El Paso Times bragged of the 20-story tall and 350 room hotel. The height of the hotel was considered a skyscraper back in its early years. Plans changed and the 20th floor was never built due to the fallen economy brought by The Great Depression. The budget of the hotel went from 1.1 million to 1.75 million, a 60% project increase and still Conrad Hilton managed to complete the project as told by William Helm of In*Situ Architecture. Another problem arose when the plans for the now historic hotel would not fit on the property, so the city voted to pass a land swap which now defines the boundaries of the site where the footprint is today.
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“We were part of the project before it was
great depression. Today, the Plaza has, yet
brought joy to historical preservationists to
a project,” said William Helm of In*Situ
again, made another comeback during the
see it restored, as much as possible, to its
Architecture. “We even created a 3-D
economic upset caused by Covid-19.
The hotel has undergone an incredible
transformation that seamlessly melds our
features and design was challenging given
The project lasted ten years and included
rich history with modern luxurious touches
the ability to restore and the restrictions
$78 million worth of planning, construction,
to create an entire new experience. “There
required by today’s building codes. Both
renovations and working with the historical
is truly something for everyone here and we
the Texas Historical Commission and the El
society to make sure the hotel was properly
are so proud to play an integral role in the
Paso County Historical Commission had to
restored as faithfully as possible. The
revitalization of downtown El Paso,” said
be involved. Despite the challenges, it was
reopening of the Plaza took place on June
beautifully executed and completed with the
model of the hotel years ago when it was being refurbished.”
contributions of a number of different interior
17th, 2020 and was much needed good news to the city of El Paso in the middle
The re-opening has piqued the interest of
designers, architects and artists including
of a pandemic. Ironically, the original 1930s
downtown passersby as they have observed
Cooper Carrie, Atlanta Design Architects.
reconstruction of this lavish hotel began
the construction over the last several years
during a difficult time in the country, the
in anticipation of the final product, as well as
P e r f e c t i o n at t h e P l a z a H o t e l P i o n e e r Pa r k
DESIGN EXPLORATION AT THE PLAZA HOTEL
Various designers were given a single sitting
The design of the first floor is an amalgamation of different colors, designers,
photos and relics. Guests will want to sit and
fabrics, leathers and other materials. The space blended together as was
have a cup of tea in every corner of the first
intended by the designers to symbolize the meshing of various cultures coming
floor beginning with the seating area near the
together or passing through one single point–the Pass of the North. Mexican,
main entrance at the northeast corner of the
indigenous and wild west influences are noticed throughout the hotel.
building facing the placita.
area to design and make their own, hence the different color palettes and fabrics used in each one. The first floor is generously sprinkled with artifacts, art, curios, books,
The hotel’s restaurant, Ámbar, is the newest part of the hotel. However, the circular bar next door, which used to be the grand lobby, is the focal point of this restoration masterpiece. It is crowned by a 40-foot amber Art Deco glass tequila wall that extends to the ceiling. The vaulted ceiling above the bar, including the wooden beams, hand painted designs on the ceiling, original light fixtures, giant paper lanterns, and woodwork are original to the hotel. Another interesting architectural detail is the massive columns wrapped in leather on the west side of the bar. The leather is carved with designs that mimic the cement facade of the 17th floor. These features are the core of the hotel’s original Pueblo Deco design, also known as Pueblo Revival or Southwest Art Deco. One feature not quite ready for the public to see is the rooftop bar called La Perla. At the time this article was written, only private parties were allowed in this fabulous bar with a terrace that wraps around the 17th floor. As a result, the views are spectacular—just one more place to enjoy the city’s sunsets. The long-awaited renovation has brought a whole new life to downtown El Paso and welcomes guests to step inside for a staycation complete with a feast that you won’t soon forget. The Plaza officially welcomes the public.
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ÁMBAR RESTAURANTE & CHEF PADILLA Downtown El Paso has yet another fabulous place to dine at Ámbar Restaurante on the first floor of the Plaza. Chef Andres Padilla has traveled extensively throughout Mexico. He has discovered flavors from the north to the Yucatan peninsula, to Baja California, infusing his menu with his experiences from south of the border. Padilla brings 15 years of culinary expertise and an extensive knowledge of the nuances of regional Mexican cuisine as a result of his travels and teaching experiences to The Plaza Hotel at Pioneer Park. Hailing from Chicago, Padilla boasts an impressive culinary pedigree with notable highlights including his role as culinary director for Frontera Restaurants: celebrated Chef Rick Bayless’ culinary group. In addition to various positions in celebrated kitchens, Padilla has also been the recipient of many notable culinary awards throughout his career. Chef Padilla’s culinary philosophy is guided by the desire to educate his guests about sustainable sourcing, history and heritage through food. The menu for Ámbar will be comprised of centuries-old Mexican recipes with a regionally-driven twist and will make a conscious effort to support the boutique, family-run farms and makers in Mexico.
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INSPIRES ... CURBSIDE!
ake a moment to close your eyes
connecting audiences in ways that mirror
and imagine the splendor and magic
the curbside take-out/delivery services that
of delightful, vocal artistry over
have become commonplace for restaurants,
an exquisite piano arrangement appearing
supermarkets and other service geared
delivered to your very door for no reason other
Mariana explains, was Justin’s motivation to
than to move you and soothe your soul. Well,
give back to their donors for their generous
if you’re like many local opera enthusiasts,
support of the El Paso Opera’s overall mission
new and old, and music lovers in general, this
to uplift our city’s creative space within the
is exactly the surprisingly melodic experience
realm of opera productions that not only
that has gone from the traditionl concert stage
entertain, but inspire. With that, Mariana and
to the more recent “curbside” serenade.
her new hubby, Josh Lintz, who also serves as Technical Manager for the organization,
Enter the El Paso Opera with its near 30
were enlisted by Justin to, “come up with a
year tradition of captivating local audiences
set-up” for the new curbside initiative.
and you’ll find an organization that’s
| By: VERONICA NEVAREZ |
basically made lemonade out of lemons.
This meant ultimately concocting a mobile
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic that has
stage from a pickup truck that was provided
taken its unwanted place in our society,
by their Executive Director, Arianne Marcee,
our lives, our “normal,” the El Paso Opera
and her family. The set-up is simple, yet
insists on bringing complimentary curbside
effective, allowing for their Resident Pianist,
music to the streets of the Sun City and all
Guillermo de la Garza, to record the music
its residents, all with the aim of showering
beds that play from the truck’s loudspeaker
them with joy.
for their Resident Artists to sing along to, mic
Sharing the experience firsthand is Mariana
in tow, all as they take center stage on the bed of the #CurbsideOpera cruiser.
Sandoval Lintz of the El Paso Opera, who is also a Resident Artist and talented singer and
This brings us to the so called “logistics” of
mezzo soprano, a gift she’s cultivated since
this new operation. As Mariana points out, the
age 12. Mariana describes the “Curbside
first stops were dedicated to bringing melodic
Opera” as an idea that was originally birthed
moments to donors of the El Paso Opera as a
by their Artistic Director, Justin Lucero, as a
thank-you. She says, “We wanted to bring our
means of keeping singers performing, while
donors something back … They give so much 25
September/October, 2020 support. We reached out and said, we have a little surprise, we want to bring you some joy.” And so they did. What happened next was the real magic. As the Curbside Opera made its way about, passersby soon began to take notice, propping their own chairs to settle in and enjoy the magnificent productions that seemed to just appear out of nowhere. The result: Our city’s opera has become an almost overnight, local touring sensation on the streets of El Paso. Now, Curbside Opera is hitting our public parks that allow us to social distance for the moment, and typically in the evening when temperatures have cooled. In fact, many make their way to these curbside concerts to simply park and enjoy the mesmerizing sounds right
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from inside of their vehicles, a practice cleverly coined by Arianne as the “drive-in opera.” Today, the El Paso Opera’s curbside initiative has led to a demand for private performances, available by special request and a suggested donation, of which details can be found on their Facebook and Instagram pages. This operatic pop-up is a superb alternative to events with
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large social gatherings and allows people to celebrate important events like birthdays, weddings and graduation celebrations that simply can’t be put off. So, if it’s partaking of a “free concert” that’s safe during the current requirements for social distancing, the El Paso Opera has your ticket. The bottom-line is: The El Paso Opera’s innovative adaptation to the social constraints brought about by the coronavirus pandemic has enabled the beloved organization to touch not only the hearts of donors, supporters and opera aficionados alike, it’s warmed the hearts of an unsuspecting audience, those who have yet to experience the opera. As a result, Curbside Opera quickly continues to inspire and earn the love and support of more and more El Pasoans. For upcoming #CurbsideOpera performances, email your request to email@example.com, or visit epopera.org.
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ith COVID-19 becoming a part of our new norm,
many of us have transitioned to working from home for health and safety reasons, turning bedrooms into home offices and dining rooms into classrooms. As a professional organizer, I’ve found simple ways to streamline the transition so that everyone can function within the same space.
Here are some tips for successfully working from home:
Find a place where you can close the door and be undisturbed for periods of time. Your home office should be strategically set up in an area with little distractions. Every home office needs a desk or tabletop, a computer, and a comfy chair. Portable file stands can make a great accent piece and are functional for storing important documents. They are also easy to move around since they are not a permanent fixture. Since many of us are doing video conference calls, I recommend purchasing a ring light for a professional look during your meetings. Good lighting makes all the difference!
Set working hours so your family knows when you are unavailable, but do not forget to schedule time for them as well. Try planning one meal that everyone can enjoy together at the same table. This is a good way to connect with your family. Since we are working from home, try not to work too much. Take time to breathe. Go for walks. Get up and stretch. Stay connected. Set specific boundaries for working and relaxing.
Set the three most important objectives you want to accomplish every day and make sure those three things get done. At the end of each day, identify the next day’s top three goals. If nothing else gets done but those three goals, you will have had a successful day! A Stanford study shows that working remotely improves your productivity by 13%. Less commute and more time for self-care means you are more likely to accomplish your to-do list if you set your priorities.
Take 30 seconds to clear your desk before work. As we know, a desk area collects clutter really fast. Because visual distractions can hinder work production and block creativity, it’s important to have a clear desk space to help maximize productivity and creative flow. You can even get the whole family on board with the tidying up so you all enjoy a more peaceful work-from-home life.
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Heart for the Homeless | By: MARGO LEPE and LAURA GALLEGOS photos courtesy of: THE OPPORTUNITY CENTER |
Heart for the Homeless
The Opportunity Center Pre-Covid
ith few shelters available at the time
Last year, the OC, headquartered at 1208 Myrtle
and many affected by harsh weather
Ave., was privileged enough to celebrate 25
conditions in the winter of 1994, Ray
years since opening. Undoubtedly, the center
and Lilly Tullius set out to help out as
has grown in every way since it first opened.
many homeless people as possible. The
The OC does not just provide food and shelter.
Opportunity Center (OC) for the Homeless
was born that year.
The center assists people based on what they need. Several programs and services
At that time, coffee, donuts and mere
help provide assistance to “men, women,
compassion could only be offered to those
veterans, families, the elderly and frail, and
seeking a safe and warm place to stay. The
those marginalized by society.” Every year,
emergency shelter then was solely available
nearly 2,000 people are fed and have a warm
to men and the center ran without a kitchen
place to stay due to the four “emergency
in the first eight years of operating. Through
the help of a local church, those staying at
transitional living centers.” One of the many
the center were provided with up to three
growing challenges the OC is currently
meals a day, although the center now offers
dealing with, however, is the growing number
four (one meal is offered to anyone who
of people 50-years-old and over, along with
shows up after regular mealtime hours).
those suffering from a disability.
John Martin, Deputy Director says that while government funding is heavily relied upon, help and donations from the local community are also extremely important. John has been with the OC for the last eight years. He agrees financial support from the city and
Homelessness in the time of Covid The Opportunity Center is already a very
services to other neighborhoods to give them
county, along with donations from businesses
impressive operation with various housing
the space they need to keep people safe.
and organizations, are crucial and would like
facilities for the most vulnerable all within
to encourage the El Paso community to step
walking distance of each other in South El
As of April 17, the Opportunity Center for
it up. Last year, Ray Tullius pleaded for more
Paso. Now, the Opportunity Center has been
the Homeless in close coordination with the
help with the city and county after having to
given an even greater challenge—keeping its
City of El Paso and the County of El Paso is
dip into its own savings reserve to pay for
residents free of Covid. This meant expanding
now operating two new facilities in the lower
the $250,000 it costs to continue providing services and meeting needs. John
on donations from local churches and businesses, but believes if everyone did a little more individually, we could make a big difference collectively. His advice is to get to know our most vulnerable neighbors and said, “it is then, you realize how truly blessed you are. ”John believes the best approach to start helping is to get “educated and involved,” to gain a better understanding of the dynamics in a homeless shelter. He said, “time and talent” are key. “Everyone has their own talent, so now the question is, how can you share yours with others?”
Heart for the Homeless
valley to provide support and temporary
community and help our local officials with
The Delta Welcome Center will be the primary
housing for homeless individuals in our
their effort to slow the spread of COVID-19,”
intake facility for all homeless individuals
community while complying with the Health
said the Deputy Director of the Opportunity
during this crisis. This approach will allow
Authority’s social distancing rules.
Center for the Homeless John Martin.
all the homeless services providers in our
This initiative will allow the Opportunity
community to do appropriate screenings,
Both centers became a reality with support from
Center for the Homeless to comply with the
isolation, and maintenance of the safety of
the City of El Paso, the Office of Emergency
social distancing rule while at the same time
this very vulnerable population. Individuals in
Management and numerous non-profit and
protecting those who are seeking services in
need of shelter must contact 2-1-1 and select
private sector partners. Primary partners
the main shelter and are physically frail. The
option six for referral services.
supporting the work include the Rescue
main shelter, located at 1208 Myrtle Avenue,
Mission, Salvation Army, El Paso Coalition for
is currently providing services to a reduced
Currently, the center needs help. individuals
the Homeless, Endeavors, El Pasoans Fighting
number of individuals.
or groups willing to prepare lunch or dinner for a group of 100 individuals are welcome.
Hunger, the Paso Del Norte Community Foundation and United Way of El Paso.
Meanwhile, the Delta Welcome Center,
For information on how you can help, contact
which is located in a separate building,
Aracely Lazcano at 915-577-0069 ext. 239.
“Our top priority is safeguarding the health
has space to accommodate close to 100
and wellbeing of the most vulnerable in our
individuals, including families with children.
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7G BY A.G. Cook | ELECTRONIC An ambitious project, not necessarily in creation but in delivery, A.G. Cook’s new multi-part, 49-track spectacle shows just in what direction pop music will turn a hard left into. High off the success of “How I’m Feeling Now,” Charli XCX’s album produced entirely in self-isolation during the beginning
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of Covid-19, where he served as co-producer, Cook allows listeners to witness an entire production process via this new album. The project is laden with song sketches, full pop productions, and tracks like “Acid Angel” and “Life Speed” that reek of young GarageBand optimism. Cook also showcases the multiple musical influences that he pulls from and is not afraid to put them all together in an often confusing but surprisingly eye-opening look into a producer and songwriter’s process. The album also includes a handful of covers, and putting Blur’s “Beetlebum” and Sia’s “Chandelier” (featuring vocals by Caroline Polachek) through the PC music machine gives them the pixelated edge no one asked for but rather deserve.
Limbo BY Aminé | RAP Coming back after a less than stellar showing in his last mixtape “ONEPOINTFIVE,” Aminé rearranges his tastes and leans back into his appeal with “Limbo”. “Pressure In My Palms” appeals to those pop-culture junkies with references from the early 2000s Punk’d to the more recent ubiquitous Arthur fist meme. The deliberate bouts of lightness in this track and throughout this album lets us laugh at those silly moments in media that lifted us from certain realities if even for just a moment, but still, contextualizes them in the last spoken line of the track: “there ain’t no money in having hate in your heart.” Moments like “Becky” ground the album and are aware of just the exact time in 2020 that they’re being listened to. “Kobe” and other references to the late basketballs player’s death tells of a shift in Aminé’s perspective of life and just how much Kobe’s death has pushed him into adulthood, whatever that means to him.
True Romantic If I’m Being Honest BY Ziemba | ROCK From her upcoming album by the same name, El Paso based Ziemba’s “True Romantic” and “If I’m Being Honest” brings two glamorous examples of the classic self-aware breakup tune with breathy and at times punchy vocals that simultaneously soothe and perk your ears up. Accompanied by a music video in which Ziemba sings in to a microphone-less mic stand, “True Romantic” listeners are sure to feel less alone through the end of a relationship when singing along while looking back at themselves in the mirror of an ornate vanity.
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of the risk one can pose to themselves and
Texas Parks and Wildlife website has great
special. A 12-month stay visa option officially
others when leaving for another state either
resources on information, constantly being
allows people to live in Barbados for up to
through land or sky. Many of the restrictions
updated to account for adjustments to travel.
a year. The program is called the Barbados
implemented are set in place to discourage
One of the new features that Texas Parks and
non-essential travel, additionally, nobody
Wildlife has implemented is glamping (a form
wants to be that person that seems to be
of luxurious tent-living for those who arenâ€™t
unbothered by any global pandemic and acts
too keen on sleeping on the ground). Places
In the U.S., states have implemented their
recklessly, right? With this in mind, there
like Palo Duro Canyon State Park have new
own rules on top of the national, federal
are many places and activities that one can
glam camping spots where one can enjoy the
guides. Because of this, there are several
enjoy within their own state and city, places
wilderness in style.
states that have issued travel restrictions
that one might have never considered were
for other states. Although there are no
they not made to look at what is just around
El Paso also has its share of staycation
states closed, it is important to be mindful
the corner. El Paso has the unique position
options. Hueco Tanks is one of the several
In the States
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places that seems to be neglected by El Pasoan day trips. The unique rock formations and low mountains make for amazing photoops, and learning the histories of the region through guided tours allow for a chance to connect with the place you call home. We’ve all considered Airbnb when traveling, especially when we’re looking to find homes away from home while vacationing as an alternative to hotels, however, it’s worth considering what great spots we have in the sun city for a wonderful staycation. A scroll through the El Paso listings shows just what beautiful homes El Paso has available for stay. It seems that people are catching on, seeing how many places are booked for weeks out, particularly those with large, glistening pools. Get out there, see what makes sense for you and your family, and continue to enjoy your vacations, no matter if it’s in your home city.
GALERÍA LINCOLN | By: ANDREA MACIAS |
ucked underneath the Spaghetti Bowl in South-Central
Since the soft opening last December and the official opening in
El Paso are some of the city’s most colorful and historical
February, the gallery has already exhibited works of art by more than
murals. Lincoln Park boasts years of culture and significance,
25 regional artists from El Paso, Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Albuquerque,
and for two local artists; preserving and reviving the legacy
Juarez, and San Francisco.
of arts and community inspired a new endeavor. “Tino and I brainstormed a list of artists to showcase and some
Galería Lincoln is El Paso’s newest art gallery run by artists for artists.
replied and some didn’t—spaces like this are crucial, and we know
After meeting at an art show 11 years ago, Diego “Robot” Martinez
how much legwork and promotion goes into making your art move—
and Tino Ortega quickly became friends and artistic partners.
so we are grateful to be able to offer a new space in a great location for artists,” says Diego.
“We were inspired by the abundance of artistic talent in the city and realized there were not enough platforms or galleries with consistent
Visitors can explore the quaint main galleries that comprise two
hours to showcase,” explains Diego. “With the growth of Texas Tech,
rooms that feature seven to nine works at a time. The gallery also
other upcoming art spaces, and with the culture that Lincoln Park
houses a dedicated gift shop with a selection of locally handcrafted
carries, it was a no brainer that now was the time to do something.”
items including jewelry, prints, stickers, and postcards.
WE WANT EL PASOANS AND EVERYONE TO KNOW THAT ART CAN MOVE AND SHAPE A COMMUNITY—ART IS EVERYWHERE. In the backyard of Galería Lincoln, visitors and art enthusiasts can find
and offer these opportunities to support artists,” says Diego.
a permanent airplane art installation decorated in vibrant colors and patterns. While Tino curates the art works in the main galleries, Diego
To further advance their commitment to the community, the gallery will
curates the two shipping containers that hold more art and serve as
soon be offering workshops led by artists such as spray techniques,
public art pieces for artists to paint.
pottery classes, drawing, and painting.
“Our main gallery hosts two-month shows and the shipping containers
“When we thought about our goals, we knew we wanted to plant a
will host ongoing works that will be changed out about every two
seed of hope and love in these forgotten historic parts of town.”
weeks,” says Diego. Eventually, Diego and Tino plan to utilize the free public parking Both Diego and Tino are excited about the prospects and future of
spaces and team up with Old Sheepdog, Power at the Pass, Galería
Galería Lincoln, sharing that they already have a two-year waitlist for
Cincopuntos, the Lincoln Park LCC, and Chuco Relic to create a
the main gallery. Visitors have had the ability to see works by “PILO”
designated Lincoln Arts District.
from Jellyfish Collective, work from artist Laura Turon, the artist behind the popular “Paradox” traveling art bus, as well as artist’s
“We want El Pasoans and everyone to know that art can move and
work from Diego Medina and Gabriel Gaytan.
shape a community—art is everywhere.”
“I’ve been very fortunate to be able to open a community space
Galería Lincoln is located at 3915 Rosa Avenue. The gallery is free
while being a full-time artist. Both Tino and I have been hands-on with
and open to the public, pets are most welcome. To learn more visit
various businesses and community organizations in the Lincoln Park
Galeríalincoln.com or follow Galería lincoln on Instagram.
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n the U.S.- Mexico border, along the Rio Grande, and across from Juarez, Chihuahua, is a secret location for runners, bicycle riders, athletes and nature lovers called El Paso. The city and surrounding area offer a variety of opportunities for the beginner to national and world class athletes. You
just need to know where to go.
As a small-business owner, triathlete, and ultra runner, El Paso and the region offer me the challenges I need to improve and compete locally and in the Southwest. Yes, the Covid-19 pandemic is an unwanted irritation, but it shouldn’t stop you from reaching your goals or doing what you love. I enjoy the outdoors and want to share with you all that El Paso has to offer whether you want to work out easy or hammer on the bicycle. You can find your level here. As a triathlete, I have taken advantage of the beautiful scenery that we have to run and bike in. There are hills, flat areas, pools, wide and lonely streets, and groups of athletes to enjoy them with that will challenge your fitness. Locally, there is Scenic Drive, Ascarate Park and McKelligon Canyon to enjoy. The YWCA and YMCA pools are open (at the time this story was written) and they are following CDC guidelines to keep members safe. Covid-19 has put a stop on all races locally, regionally and nationally. But, that’s no excuse because most of those races have gone virtual. For example, Ironman has virtual races every week. Check it out at: https://www.ironmanvirtualclub.com. Local races such as the Mighty Mujer and Eagle in the Sun have also gone virtual. If you want to know more about local races that support great causes, please go to https://www.raceadventuresunlimited. com or http://www.raceelpaso.com. As an ultra runner, I want to say that we have the most amazing mountains and landscapes. The Franklin Mountains offer trail runners, hikers, bikers and climbers everything you need. Hueco Tanks offers great bouldering for rock climbers. The Upper Valley offers long stretches of road for bike riders. You don’t have to look far to find real adventure. Franklin Mountains State Park towers above the city. It is the largest U.S. state park in an urban setting. With more than 100 miles of multiuse trails, these high-desert mountains start at approximately 5,426 feet and the highest peak reaches 7,192 feet above sea level. Take your adventure and fitness to the next level and climb to the top of
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nce a common part of pop culture,
Show” and much more.
drive-in theaters started in 1933
The El Paso Community Foundation weren’t
and saw a peak popularity in the late
the only ones hard at work to bring the Sun
1950s through the early 1960s. With the
City a drive-in experience during the summer.
rise of indoor theaters and the convenience
Brian Kennedy, CEO of the El Paso Sports
and quality they provided, the majority of
Commission, added, “As soon as we realized
drive-ins met their demise. Although they are
that the COVID lockdown was going to be in
seen as a relic of the past, drive-in movies
existence for an extended period of time, we
have made a thriving revival amidst the
started looking for ways that we could bring
pandemic, and El Paso is not exempt.
entertainment to people safely. We had to take the safety guidelines and then start with
After 12 years, The Plaza Classic Film
what kind of things can we do while adhering
Festival, created by the El Paso Community
to them.” The Sun City Car Pool cinema was
Foundation in 2008, could not forego a
born and accommodated around 200 cars.
beloved annual tradition. Rather, they adapted
There were movie showings every weekend
to the uncertain times and brought back the
through the summer.
drive-in, providing a nostalgic experience in the safety and comfort of patron’s vehicles
These drive-in movies were perfect for the
while maintaining social distancing orders.
whole family and a nice way to get out of the
Eric Pearson, CEO of The El Paso Community
house for the evening to enjoy a change of
Foundation stated, “We didn’t want to be
scenery. Eric said, “It was a way to bring us
part of the problem, but we have a great
together with less risk, and an opportunity to
staff at the Foundation—especially Doug
get up from the computer screen.” These
Pullen, Maggie Sanchez-Mercado, and Asia
drive-ins not only safely strengthened the
Saucedo, who handled the lion’s share of
sense of community, but they are an example
logistics and prep. Everyone pulled together
of people still enjoying and supporting the
to help with a creative response to a tough
arts and entertainment. “It was so great to
situation. For me, it was something we had
see families get together while following all
the safety guidelines,” Brian added. Foundation
Although it is not for certain that drive-ins
incorporated the 11-night series with a drive-
can be restored to their full former glory,
in movie tour that featured pop-up drive-in
The Sun City Car Pool Cinema is something
theaters around the city. Eager attendees
that has been up for discussion on becoming
would park and await cult classics or family
a regular part of summer entertainment.
favorites to be projected on the big screen.
Brian’s last remark was, “When the kids are
The Classic Film Festival featured movies like
out of school, its great family entertainment,
the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine,” “Jaws,”
and we are talking about a series of family
“Smokey and the Bandit,” “E.T,” “Jurassic
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LIVING and LOVING LIFE with AUTISM A Personal Perspective | By: BRANDI and BRAXTON LAMBERT |
hen writing about autism
conquer the world and the
and our personal experience
world accept them just as
always so hard to begin. Not
because it’s a difficult or depressing topic—
Braxton, our son, is a shining
actually quite the opposite—but because it’s
example of what can be
a reminder that there’s an ongoing perception
accomplished when given
by the majority of the world around us.
the opportunity. He is a
It’s a dated, skewed and often misleading
young adult with autism
perception that leads to indifference and
who has lived independently,
complacency within our communities.
attained a driver’s license We, our wonderful family and friends,
and loves to rope and ride
sometimes live in a bubble. We protect,
(as can be witnessed daily on his beloved
employ and educate those closest to us,
social media accounts). Circumstances and
but lose sight of the greater needs of others
situations have not always been easy, but he
living with autism within our city. Autism
has shown a resilience that serves as a daily
does not go away—it’s a lifelong “ability”
reminder to those close to him to never give
and a lifetime of adjustments.
up and not use our differences as excuses for not “going for it.”
Each and every day may present new challenges, difficult situations and moments
Having said that, there are still so many
that break your heart. However, each day can
hurdles to be cleared for people of all ages
also bring tears of joy, pride and gratitude
and at varying degrees of need. The autism
when you see your “ausome” person
diagnosis is not slowing down, quite the
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contrary. The current ratio in the United States, as reported by the CDC, is 1 in 68 children, 1 in 42 for boys and 1 in 189 for girls. Our hope is that we can find a way to include, value and employ all of these individuals. Everyone deserves the chance to feel worthy and recognized. As a mom, I hope that our children can find fulfillment and above all else happiness. Acceptance,
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A few things I would like you know in my own words… (by Braxton Lambert)
• The hardest part about having autism is
around people and be friends with them,
very good at data entry, computer skills
the ability to fit in and the fear that you will
whether it’s at the racetrack, roping or
and memorizing terminology. I would
not. I was afraid to tell people about my
anywhere else. I do this by trying to act
have liked jobs like that. It makes me sad.
diagnosis and being in special ed classes.
appropriately and not pester them. • I’m pretty much happy with what’s going
I was afraid people wouldn’t like me or be my friend. I was sort of private about it.
• I wish that some people had been
on right now in my life. I have a lot of
A few years ago, my mom and I went to
more accommodating and courteous,
people that support me on social media
an autism convention. I heard a few guest
especially at school. I wish people had
and in person. If you meet someone with
speakers at the seminars that were like
been better educated about autism and
autism, just treat us like a normal person,
me. They motivated me to no longer be
been more understanding. I know I have
be nice and don’t be afraid to look us in
afraid to tell people I have autism.
obsessions, but I try to not let it be my
the eye. Listen to what we are saying.
main focus all the time. • I focus on being myself and try not to • I think schools should be more helpful with
or what’s going on around me. I like to be
resumes and finding jobs after school. I’m
worry about what people are telling me
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