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Question of the Week: WOULD YOU TRUST A SELF-DRIVING CAR? Photos by Andrea Sandoval


Not necessarily. I don’t know too much about self-driving cars, but based on what I’ve heard and researched, something can malfunction within the car and it can break down easily or something can go wrong with the navigation system. But I still think they’re pretty cool!


I don’t trust self-driving cars just because I feel that it’s still a fresh, new idea and there’s going to be so many glitches. It’s like when the first smartphones came out. There’s still a lot of things to fix until it’s perfect – if it ever gets to that point.


I think I would trust a self-driving car. Mainly because if they’re going to put the product out to the public, they have to affirm that it isn’t going to be dangerous or get into crashes. As long as safety is their priority, I’d probably buy one.


Yes, I would trust one. I’ve seen what kinds of tests have been done currently. The self-driving program’s still in the beta stages and I’ve read articles where there’s been incidents, but others that have shown prevented crashes. I want to say that I trust it because of that and also because it would be useful for long drives like road trips.


Sometimes, because whatever is used to program the cars might not be reliable until there’s enough testing to prove that it’s capable of driving us to our destination without killing us.


I say yes because the people that are engineering these vehicles have to make sure that people can drive them and not get into car crashes. They put a lot of work to make sure it doesn’t mess up, and the whole design of it is aimed towards safety.

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A mom’s love letter to midwives and the homebirth experience GUEST COLUMN:

___ Editor’s Note: After learning that What’s Up contributing writer Denise Nelson-Prieto gave birth to all five of her babies at home – which I find incredibly remarkable – I asked her to write about her experiences and why she chose home birth every time. In honor of Mother’s Day, I hope that no matter what mothers’ birth stories are, they find Denise’s story as endearing and powerful as I did. ___ Anyone who knows me can tell you I’m anything but conventional. I question everything from food labels to our government’s agenda and pretty much everything in between. So naturally, when my husband and I discovered we were with child 14 years ago, conventionality was considered and promptly dismissed. We chose instead to have a home birth and sought care from the fabulous, incredibly gifted ladies at local midwifery clinic and school Maternidad La Luz. The decision was not made lightly and was not some backlash against family expectations. Instead, it came from the desire for me to have autonomy over my body and my ability to have a normal healthy birth experience of my own creation. Of course, we did not blind ourselves to the lofty notion that all women can and should have home births, nor discount the fact that many women should have hospital births. Instead, we armed ourselves with knowledge gained from research and discussion. We also knew that I was a healthy, strong woman with no medical history, which greatly increased our chances of having a safe, complication-free pregnancy and birth. Yes, we listened to horror stories about women being transported mid-labor from home to a hospital. It does happen and it could’ve happened to me. But what happened instead was a truly transformative, transcendent experience from my first trip to the clinic until the moment my first-born was lifted out of the water and placed on my belly. The midwives who were part of all my deliveries over the last 14 years have a special place in my heart, and some remain dear friends. During my

Contributing writer Denise Nelson-Prieto with all five of her children

pregnancies, these incredible ladies were my nutritionists, counselors, confidants and friends. I found myself hanging around the clinic even after my appointments ended, yearning to just be a part of the intense sisterhood and energy that permeates the place. After our first birth, my husband and I subsequently had four more children. Each of my boys was born in the bathtub, and my girls were both what I call land births. Each experience, while intensely different from each other, had similar qualities. I could rattle off all the important aspects of why we chose home births – being able to move from room to room, being allowed to eat and drink, having friends and family with me, playing my drum between contractions – all beautiful qualities of a home birth. What sticks out the most, though, is the sheer womanpower I felt from the midwives. Even when I doubted the ability of my body and thousands of years of instinct and evolution, they stayed the course and lifted me up with their encouragement and energy. Their love and confidence elevated me to another level, and empowered me to make the journey and to believe in my body’s ability to do what millions of women the world over have done for millennia. My birth stories are vastly different from the ones I hear recounted by many women. When I relay my experience, many women gasp, saying “Wow, you’re really tough,” although I think they probably really want to say “crazy.” Or, one I get a lot is “I don’t think I could do it.” That one is particularly poignant because I feel many women have lost touch with their bodies and their ability to birth their babies naturally and at home. I am a strong advocate for my sisters everywhere to acquaint themselves with their awesomeness and to know in every fiber of their beings that they are fierce, strong women and thousands of years of evolution can’t be wrong. Ultimately though, women should choose to have their babies wherever they’re most comfortable. If that means a hospital, birthing clinic, their own home or out in the forest in a teepee, more power to them! Birth is more about the energy and state of the mother than location, and any place can be transformed by the mind blowing awesomeness of the experience.

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WITH BIKE MONTH IN FULL GEAR, CYCLISTS PUSH FOR CHANGE Bike Month Events Friday, May 12: Ride for Reading

Help promote literacy while you ride. Cyclists will deliver books on bikes to Aoy Elementary School to donate reading material to underserved communities. “Make sure to bring a working bike, a big backpack or trailer to carry as many books as possible, water and a smile,” said Victor Cordero, organizer and president of of the Velo Paso Bicycle-Pedestrian Coalition. Details: 7:30 a.m., Crazy Cat Cyclery, 2800 N. Stanton

Saturday, May 13: Learn How to Clean Your Bike

The community workshop includes cleaning supplies. Bring your bike. Details: 10 a.m., 117 Anthony St.

Sunday, May 14: Downtown Cruise Bike Ride

This family and pet-friendly bike cruise will take a scenic route through Downtown, hitting spots like Union Plaza and Segundo Barrio. Riders are encouraged to take their own water and bike lights. Details: 5 p.m., San Jacinto Plaza, 111 W Mills Ave.

Wednesday, May 17: Ride for Silence

Organized by Carmen Tellez, whose son Andy Garcia was killed by a drunk driver while riding his bike in 2013, the silent ride pays homage to cyclists who have been injured or killed while riding. “It’s a significant way to honor fallen cyclists and immortalize them in a way,” Tellez said. “It’s also a reminder to motorists to give them some room and share the road. Even one life taken is too many. There’s no reason for these things to happen.” Details: 6:30 p.m., 300 N. Campbell

Thursday, May 18: Sustainable Building Design Bike Ride

Ride around Downtown with stops at building projects that illustrate adaptive reuse or sustainable building design. Details: 5:30 p.m., DeadBeach Brewery, 406 S. Durango St. On Sunday, May 21, cyclists from both Juarez and El Paso will meet for the Binational Bike Ride, which includes a stop at Juarez monument La Equis. Photo courtesy of Victor Barajas By Isabel A. Rodriguez comment: @whatsupweekly

As avid cyclists celebrate Bike Month, many of them are also looking for ways to make El Pasoans rethink the way they get around. In August 2016, the City of El Paso developed a bike plan to address the need for bike infrastructure over the next 10 years. The master plan, which details multiple goals and strategies, is the first update to an existing plan last amended in 1982. One of the objectives included hiring a bicycle program coordinator – a position now occupied by Alfredo Austin. “The vision of the plan is that El Paso will be one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the country,” he said. “When it comes to infrastructure, for example, the city currently has approximately 140 miles relating to bicycles. The longterm goal is 1,066 miles. We are constantly looking for sources of funding to implement a multi-model transportation plan throughout the city.” Short-term goals consist of education, outreach and promotion of the bike plan. The plan provided city officials with a better understanding of the kinds of facilities needed on different types of streets, Austin said. Several bike proj-

ects are part of the city’s capital improvements plan. Among them are bike boxes, designed to improve safety for bike riders at intersections. “I think we will continue to see more and more people utilizing bicycles, whether it’s for commuting or recreation,” Austin said. “There’s definitely a market there. One of the goals of the plan is to support programs such as Bike Month that foster positive attitudes toward bicycling.” Bike Month is a national movement that happens all over the country. This is the sixth consecutive year local cyclists have organized events to recognize and celebrate the movement. “It’s sponsored through the League of American Bicyclists,” said Melissa Lugo, equity director of the Velo Paso Bicycle-Pedestrian Coalition. The local group aims to make El Paso safer for cyclists and pedestrians. “We just started out as a group of individuals who enjoy bike riding and we wanted to see that grow in El Paso. If someone has an idea for a ride, we support it and develop it. We see that there’s a need for more bike lanes and infrastructure that supports physical activity.” Lugo pointed out New York City as a prime example where bicycle transportation is safe, fast and efficient. She’s one of many bike enthusiasts who hopes to see a change in El Paso.

Don Baumgardt is the owner and self-described chief adventurer of GeoBetty Tours and the GeoBetty website, which provides information on the various hiking and biking trails throughout the region. Tours include places like Franklin Mountains State Park, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument and the Lincoln National Forest. “We have a lot of trails at more than 130 miles that people can hike or ride,” he said. “What we don’t have a lot of is easy trails. It’s a little hard for people to break into the sport. It’s a great place to ride, and you can ride all year-round.” Although there are miles of trails for individuals interested in biking as a recreational hobby, cyclists would still like to see more bike paths around the city limits for those who rely on bikes as a means of transportation. “Research shows that between 5060 percent of the population are interested in cycling, but have concerns about dealing with traffic and other safety issues,” Austin said. “It’s important to understand that streets are public spaces; they’re not designed just for motorists. As individuals, we need to understand that cyclists have the right to share the road.” Continued on 6

Friday, May 19: Mortus Veloz Alleycat Race

Compete against others or ride for fun, with several checkpoints throughout. Details: Registration starts at 5 p.m., race starts at 7:30 p.m., Love Buzz, 3011 Pershing Dr., $10 registration fee (includes drink discounts)

Saturday, May 20: No Pants Ride

Leave your pants at home for this 10-15 mile ride. Recommended attire includes shorts, skirts, beach wear or undies over leggings. Details: 7 p.m., San Jacinto Plaza, 111 W Mills Ave. Saturday, May 20: Learn How to Change a Flat The community workshop includes supplies. Bring your bike. Details: 10 a.m., 117 Anthony St.

Sunday, May 21: Binational Bike Ride

Cyclists will ride as a group through the Bridge of the Americas and meet with riders from Juarez. “The idea is to create a sense of community,” explained organizer Victor Barajas. “We coordinate this with a couple of groups from Juarez. Experiencing the city via bike, you really get to see a different side. We go all over.” Stops include The X and the Mercado. In previous years, the ride has had up to 200 people participate. Detials: 5 p.m. at San Jacinto Plaza (111 W Mills Ave.) or 5:30 p.m. at Lincoln Park (4001 Durazno Ave., under the Spaghetti Bowl)

Friday, May 26: Bicijangueo/Critical Mass After Fiesta

Celebrate Bike Month with a “hilly” bike ride to a fiesta at 3622 Fort Blvd. Details: 7 p.m., San Jacinto Plaza, 111 W Mills Ave.

Saturday, May 27: Rio Grande River Trail Ride

Beginner cyclists will enjoy a ride on the River Trail along the Rio Grande. Helmets are required. Sunscreen and water are recommended. Details: 8 a.m.,Valley Creek Park, 651 Gomez Rd.

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Bike-friendly trails

Arroyo Park Beginne 1.70 miles Ride this loop or weave around on any number of other trails in the park. At the northeast end of the park, you can cross Robinson Street and transition to more challenging trails in Palisades Canyon. Hyatt Place to Memorial Park 8.10 miles This low-traffic ride goes from the Hyatt Place Hotel to the Memorial Park area in central El Paso. In the area around the park, you can find the municipal rose garden, an aquatics center and a public library. To the north and west of Memorial Park is an area of historic homes. Start at the Hyatt Place at 6030 Gateway Blvd. East in El Paso and travel to Memorial Park. On the way back, take Trowbridge for a longer stretch, or take the same route back to the park where there will be less traffic. Redd Moab 9.54 miles This single-track and unmaintained dirt road ride is one of the biggest loops in the Redd

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Road trail system. There is lots of climb and some technical sections, especially on the trail known as Little Moab, that you’ll reach five miles into the ride. Start at the Lost Dog Trailhead on Redd Road near Helen of Troy Drive and follow the paved access road toward the water tank to the start of the trail. Food and Feathers 24 miles This weekend loop starts and ends at Keystone Heritage Park in El Paso’s Upper Valley. Tour Keystone’s botanical garden and a wetlands area, ideal for bird watching. Or make a visit to the Farmers’ Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing in Sunland Park, New Mexico for breakfast and fresh produce. Exit I-10 at Sunland Park and head east (downhill) on Sunland Park about a half mile, taking a right on Doniphan Dr. Keystone is about a half mile away at 4200 Doniphan Dr. El Paso to Ruidoso Century Plus 114 miles This path features a 75-mile “warm up” before a serious climb. Starting at the Texas-New Mexico state line, travel north on US-54 and slowly close in on the mountains. The route goes around Alamogordo on the relief route, but you can fuel up there or spend the night there about 65 miles into the ride. Turn east on Highway 72 in Tularosa and the climb begins. Source: GeoBetty.com

The Downtown bike ride on Sunday, May 14 will include stops at the Union Plaza and Segundo Barrio. Photo courtesy of Victor Barajas

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Illustration by Kathy Osborn (The New York Times)

By Kate Murphy (The New York Times) comment: @whatsupweekly

Rare is the individual who hasn’t tripped over a pet or uneven pavement, tumbled off a bike, slipped on ice or maybe wiped out skiing or skating. Some get injured while others go unhurt — often claiming it’s because they knew how to fall. According to a paratrooper, a stuntman, a physical therapist and a martial arts instructor, there is indeed a “right way” to fall, and it can save you a lot of grief if you know how to do it. Although often associated with older people, falls occur at any age and are the most common cause of injury seen in emergency rooms in the United States. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality estimates that more than a third of emergency room visits, around 7.9 million a year, are caused by falls. “As physical therapists we talk a lot about preventing falls, but what we don’t talk about is what to do when you actually do fall,” said Dr. Jessica Schwartz, a physical therapist in New York City who trains athletes and people with prosthetic limbs to fall without hurting themselves. “It’s almost inevitable you are going to fall, so you really should know what to do.” The number one thing to remember, she said, is to protect your head. So if you find yourself falling, pivot to your side and tuck in your head. “Have you seen those slip and fall cartoons where the characters fall flat

on their back or face? Don’t do that,” Schwartz said. “You’ll hit your head like a coconut and get a concussion,” and the reverse motion, or bounce, of your head after impact “will give you something like whiplash.” Moreover, falling straight forward or backward raises the risk of damaging your spine and vital organs. The other thing to avoid, she said, is “foosh,” an acronym for “falling onto outstretched hands.” If you do that, all the force of impact will be concentrated there, raising the risk of breaking your wrist. You similarly don’t want to come crashing down on your knee, so you break your kneecap or do that maneuver where you kind of pedal with your feet to catch yourself, which can lead to broken bones in your foot and ankle. Instead, if you feel yourself falling, experts said you should bend your elbows and knees and try to take the hit on the fleshiest parts of your body, like the side of your thigh, buttocks and shoulder. “Aim for the meat, not bone,” said Kevin Inouye, a stuntman and assistant professor of acting, movement and stage combat at the University of Wyoming. “Your instinct will be to reach out with hands or try to catch yourself with your knee or foot, but they are hard and not forgiving when you go down.” The key is to not fight the fall, but just to roll with it, as paratroopers do. “The idea is to orient your body to the ground, so when you hit, there’s a multistep process of hitting and shifting your body

weight to break up that impact,” said Sgt. 1st Class Chuck Davidson, master trainer at the Army’s Advanced Airborne School at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Paratroopers’ goal is to fall sideways in the direction the wind is carrying them – in no way resisting the momentum of the fall. When the balls of their feet barely reach the ground, they immediately distribute the impact in rapid sequence up through the calf to the thigh and buttocks. Then they roll over on the latissimus dorsi muscle, the large, flat muscle running laterally down the side of your back, and kick their feet over, shifting their weight, so they end up supine with legs bent in front of them. The procedure is strikingly similar to how martial arts practitioners learn to take a fall when they are, say, thrown over someone’s shoulder or have their legs knocked out from under them. “I would say the principles we follow are: Accept that you’re falling and go with it; round your body and don’t stiffen, and distribute the energy, so you take the fall in the widest area possible,” said Paul Schreiner, a black belt jiu jitsu instructor at Marcelo Garcia Academy in New York City. While martial arts falls often have a gymnastic aspect, with rather elegant and snappy kinds of somersaults, it’s still all about spreading out the force of impact. “There may be an aesthetic component, but what it does is save the body,” Schreiner said. “If you don’t take the fall in any single place, you’ll still walk out sore,

but you’ll walk out of there.” Difficult as it may sound as you’re hurtling toward the ground – medical bills and disability flashing through your mind – experts said it’s important to relax as you fall. You’re less likely to hurt yourself if you soften up all your muscles and exhale. Rigidity is your enemy while pliability is your friend. “As unfair as it is, that’s why people who are drunk tend to be the ones who don’t get hurt in car crashes,” Inouye said. “They are loose and just flop around.” Of course, you will be better able to loosen up, pivot to your side, tuck and roll if you are in good physical condition. “If you have a room full of soccer players and computer desk workers and go around knocking people over, you can bet the soccer players are going to be less likely to get hurt because of their superior strength, agility and coordination,” said Erik Moen, a physical therapist in Kenmore, Washington. But that doesn’t mean you have to be an elite athlete or paratrooper to fall the “right way.” Young children are arguably the best fallers because they have yet to develop fear or embarrassment, so they just tumble and roll without tensing up and trying to catch themselves. Physical therapists can be helpful in assessing your weaknesses and prescribing do-at-home exercises to improve your strength and agility (for example, jumping from side to side and on and off platforms or steps) so that you will be better able to execute a fall as well as lessen the risk that you will fall in the first place.

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MEET THE GIRL WHO BIKED SOLO ACROSS CUBA By Denise Nelson-Prieto comment: @whatsupweekly

Representing her hometowns of El Paso and Juarez, Ana Castanon is a tour de force with a mission to replace antiquated fears with empowerment. The UTEP alumna recently embarked on a bike trip across Cuba in March, which took her across seven regions of the country and totaled more than 800 kilometers. Although this voyage would seem difficult by pretty much anyone’s standards, Castanon was determined to be an example for women who wish to travel and explore solo. “We are so injected with this fear to be alone, to leave the country, to travel by ourselves that we are missing the point,” she said. “The point is that we can experience these things for ourselves and we can travel alone. I’m not promoting danger – just fairness and encouragement to all.” After graduating from UTEP with a bachelor’s in public relations, Castanon earned a master’s in marketing and international communications at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Inspired by the impact of civic engagement, she promoted public awareness on issues like sexual assault during her former job as a digital strategist at the Washington-based non-profit Civic Nation. She helped with the “It’s On Us” school sexual

Born in El Paso and raised in Juarez, Ana Castanon said her journey across Cuba gave her the chance to clear her head and learn new perspectives. Photo provided by Ana Castanon

assault campaign, one of the partners of the popular Netflix series “13 Reasons Why.” Castanon also contributed to the “United States of Women” platform, which advocates for equality “I wanted to promote this organization during my trip” she said. “When the idea to do this trip first popped in my head, they were the first group of people to tell me, ‘yes, you can do it.’ I wanted to do this for them and raised some money to continue fighting for all the causes they’ve taken on.” Castanon admits the trip was not with-

out setbacks, including some scrapes, bruises and a couple flats. She managed to find solutions and made fast friends with YouTube videos and Facetime. Throughout the trip, she stayed at casas particulares, homes of families who’ve secured permits to rent single rooms out. She lucked out and stayed with welcoming folks who cooked her dinner, regaled her with stories of the Castro-led revolution and connected her with people who’d help her with the rest of her journey. “It’s amazing how communities with

very little to give, give all they can to strangers,” Castanon said. “It taught me a lot about humbleness and caring.” Her journey also provided an abundance of lessons and perspectives. “Have you seen where cashews come from? It’s actually a flower, and Cubans actually throw away the cashew and eat the flower,” Castanon said. “It’s a bitter sweet taste. Jose, one of my hosts, explained how Cubans don’t know that cashews are such a commodity and don’t care to learn about it. Just as the U.S., or other countries, view socialism as something baseless that essentially doesn’t work. “What I’m trying to get at here is that we go for the familiar. We don’t let ourselves explore other points of views, other tastes, other flowers. Cuba taught me that. From getting on my bike to unknown grounds to eating the cashew flower to listening to an 8-year-old have solid opinions about Fidel, Obama and Trump – all of this changed my perspective.” As for cyclists who dream of biking across any country for the first time, Castanon has simple advice: “Pedal. Get on your bike and pedal. Every day. You’ll never feel like you’re ready because you will never be ready. But if you can bike to work, you’ll be able to bike a country. You just need will.”

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KAPPY’S CORNER By Steve Kaplowitz / Comment: @whatsupweekly

Although the El Paso Chihuahuas began the week with a record of 14-17 in the Pacific Southern Division, the team has had a few bright spots. Veteran infielder Jamie Romak was off to a scorching start offensively, and he was recently named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Month. Romak hit .372 in April with 11 home runs, 19 extra base hits, an .860 slugging percentage and 1.274 OPS. However, the San Diego Padres currently have their best position player, Will Myers, occupying first base. They also have former Chihuahuas slugger Ryan Schimpf and Cory Spangenberg at third base. Barring a few injuries, the chances that Romak would make it back to the Major Leagues in San Diego were not as promising as his home run total. The best offensive player on the Chihuahuas was granted his release by the Padres and he was sold by the team to the SK Wyverns of the Korean Baseball Organization. Romak had been on the temporary inactive list before the move to SK Wyverns. With his new ballclub, he will make a $300,000 salary plus a $150,000 bonus. Best of luck to a true professional and one of the classiest guys in baseball. Meanwhile, a pair of starting pitchers could soon be making their cases for a promotion to San Diego. Matt Magill and Dinelson Lamet have both been dominant on the mound for the Chihuahuas and they could force the Padres to make some changes soon.


Magill is off to the best start of his professional career, with a record of 2-2 and an ERA of 2.38 in six starts this season. The 27-year old righthander broke into the majors in 2013 with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but he’s still seeking his first big league win. Lamet has a 2-1 record with a 2.48 ERA in six starts. The 24-year old Dominican native had a microscopic ERA of 0.45 through his first four starts before giving up six earned runs against Salt Lake City on May 1. The Padres spent the offseason rebuilding their starting rotation with veteran big league pitchers. Jared Weaver is winless in six starts with an ERA of 5.51. Jhoulys Chacin currently has a 5.26 ERA in seven starts and both pitchers might be in trouble of keeping their rotation spots with the Padres if their numbers do not improve. Jarred Cosart is expected back from the 10-day DL this week and he is the sixth starting pitcher that the Padres are carrying on their roster. Magill might get first crack at San Diego because he has pitched in the Major Leagues on two previous occasions, and the Padres might want to give Lamet more seasoning in El Paso before the big promotion. The Padres are currently in fourth place in the NL West with a record of 12-20 and are already eight games out of first place. If the team cannot climb back into the division race, it will be interesting to see when guys like Magill and Lamet get their chance to contribute in San Diego like they have with the Chihuahuas. Since 1997, Steve Kaplowitz has hosted “Sportstalk” weekday afternoons 4-7 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso. Over the last 17 years, he has also worked for UTEP and NMSU as a play-by-play broadcaster, for UTEP telecasts on Time Warner Cable and for KDBC-TV and KTSM-TV as a sports anchor/reporter. You can contact Steve by emailing him at skaplow-

El Paso Chihuahuas infielder Jamie Romak was recently named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Month.

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UNIQUE MOTHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS By Denise Nelson-Prieto comment: @whatsupweekly

The tried and true Mother’s Day gifts of flowers and jewelry have stood the test of time, but a few locals have some truly inspired, one-of-kind gift ideas to help make this Mother’s Day memorable.

Memories over material

Some moms prefer not to have physical gifts, but experiences instead. Spa treatments, vacation packages and concerts might come to mind, but those with a small budget will find a perfect opportunity this weekend with the free “Tribute to Mothers” concerts in El Paso and Las Cruces. “Because a mother teaches us with love and gently lifts us up, the Mexican Consulate in El Paso offers them a tribute,” said Marcela Calderón, communications director at El Paso’s Consulate General of Mexico office. “We will pamper them with a unique musical repertoire.” Deemed by critics as Mexico’s master of the guitar, Ruben Esparza, will join accomplished vocalist Rosy Arango at both shows. Also joining Esparza will be Las Zacatecas, a musical group comprised of his sons and grandsons. Together, the lineup will delight moms with tributes to some of Mexico’s greatest composers, as well as folk and traditional Mexican music. A graduate of Mexico City’s Casa de la Música S.C., Arango has performed alongside big names in the Mexican music industry including Pedro Fernández and Lila Downs. El Paso’s concert is at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 12 at the Scottish Rite Theatre on 301 W. Missouri Ave while the Las Cruces concert is at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 13 at New Mexico State University’s Atkinson Recital Hall. To learn more about the show, call the Consulate General of Mexico office at 915-544 6489.

Crank up the quirky

For moms with a taste for all things eccentric, several shops in El Paso offer an endless variety and wearables and home accessories with an alternative edge.

Shops like Dreadful Things, Lalo Elan and The Red Door Vintage sell a wide range of jewelry and accessories with ethereal twists. Photo courtesy of Dreadful Things

This year, consider getting your mom flowers that will never die by printing your own 3-D ones at Fab Lab El Paso. Photo courtesy of Fab Lab El Paso

Friday and Saturday’s free ‘Tribute to Mothers’ concerts will include performances by accomplished Mexican vocalist Rosy Arango. Photo courtesy of the Consulate General of Mexico, El Paso

Shops like The Red Door Vintage on 820 N. Mesa, Lalo Elan on 200 S. Santa Fe St. and Dreadful Things on 2226 Montana Ave. offer such oddities. For Dreadful Things proprietress Francella Salgado, anything horror related is a must-have. To satisfy mom’s morbid curiosity, she has some frightful recommendations. “For those moms who like really unusual things, we have skulls, taxidermy, or the wet specimens,” she said. “I have lots of stuff that’s horror-related and as a mom, I would love to receive something like that.” And for all you jewelry lovers, she also carries custom pieces that showcase ethereal favorites like moonstones, mermaids and seashells. Crystals, stones and pinup-inspired parasols are big sellers for Salgado too. A mom who also happens to be a tattooist, Salgado knows plenty of gals who would appreciate skin art as a mother’s

day gift. “[Getting] a tattoo can be really healing,” she said. “I think they make great gifts.”

Make your own gift

We’re not talking about gifts made with finger paint and dried macaroni – unless that’s your thing – but there are plenty of ways to make your mom a gift, even if you don’t think you have a creative side. At Fab Lab El Paso, a community maker space on 601 N. Oregon St., plenty of patrons have made gifts for their loved ones using the lab’s 3-D printer, laser cutter and CNC Router, a computer-operated machine that cuts large material like wood. Think rocking chairs, chicken coops, etched portraits and 3-D printed vases and flowers. Such concepts put a fresh, modern spin on timeless classics and also make fun projects. Want to make something at the lab, but don’t know where to start? Fab Lab

co-founder Cathy Chen recommends visiting Thingiverse.com to download open source, user-created digital designs. The website even has a Mother’s Day section, which includes designs for hair accessories, picture frames and office supplies that you can print at the lab. Matthew Martinez, owner of the gallery Dream Chasers Club on 200 S. Santa Fe St., believes the best Mother’s Day gifts come from the heart. “My gift to my mom was an all floral art show,” he said. “It was really rad to have all these artists come out and do all this different floral work.” Martinez acknowledged that while this inspired idea may be unattainable for many people, anyone can put thought and energy into finding the right gift. This year, his gift will be constructing a garden area in his parents’ backyard. “Putting some thought into what to get your mom is definitely better,” he said. “Moms are always worrying and thinking about their children, and I think as a child, you should go a little further.” With a little time and energy, you’ll find no shortage of unique gift ideas to make this Mother’s Day remarkable.

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REVIEW: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA By Victoria G. Molinar comment: @whatsupweekly

Those who’ve yet to see any production of “The Phantom of the Opera” are still likely to have heard the haunting overture of the same name. The looming pipe-organ notes raise the hair of just about any listener. But to see the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical in person evokes far more than a physical reaction. The U.S. touring production currently running at the Plaza Theatre tugs at your heartstrings, gives you fleeting hope and makes you question whose side you’re really on. I had the chance to see the show last week. My date for the night was my childhood best friend, Angelina, who I bonded with over the “Phantom of the Opera” movie adaptation when we were freshmen in high school. (Don’t judge me! It’s a guilty pleasure.) Funny enough, 10 years ago, Angelina saw the Las Vegas production. When I asked her what she thought of the show afterwards, she said she had high expectations and ended up enjoying it more than the production she saw in 2007. The classic chandelier was much larger and the setting and costumes were much more colorful at the Vegas production, but it didn’t grab her

Derrick Davis as the phantom and Katie Travis as Christine Daaé in ‘The Phantom of the Opera’

emotionally quite like the show we saw last week . A story of unrequited love, the phantom of the Paris opera house won’t easily let go of his cherished protégée Christine Daaé. Her childhood friend Raoul brings an unwelcome challenge, and the love both he and the phantom have for her turn Christine’s world upside down. The phantom was played by Derrick Davis, whose past work includes “The Lion King” in which he played Mufasa. With his bellowing voice, I could quickly and easily understand why he played both characters. Yet in the moments that required a quiet sorrow behind a fierce presence, he exhibited vulnerability with subtle eloquence. It

Photo by Matthew Murphy

was a perfect juxtaposition against the angelic and simple Christine, played by Katie Travis. Travis brought the perfect balance of congeniality, distance and sensual playfulness to the role of Christine. Although opera diva Carlotta Giudicelli, played by Trista Moldovan, did an excellent job at exuding pompousness, it was difficult to not be in awe of her extravagant costumes and impeccable voice. I can go on and on about the beautiful shifting stage sets, the poignant performances and the evocative music, but since you still have until this Sunday, May 14 to catch the show, I hope you decide to experience it for yourself.


“The Phantom of the Opera” May 10-14 Plaza Theatre, 125 Pioneer Plaza $47-$118 Tickets available at Plaza Theatre box office, TicketMaster.com or 800-745-3000 More info at ElPasoLive.com and 915-2311100

Look out for these future productions at the Plaza Theatre: Season ticket packages and group tickets are now on sale at 915-231-1111, at the Plaza Theatre box office and at ElPasoLive. com/Broadway. Tickets for individual shows will be announced at a later date. “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” September 18-24 “Motown The Musical” – November 10-11 “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” – December 5-6 “RENT” – 20th Anniversary Tour – January 16-17, 2018 “Dirty Dancing” – March 11-12, 2018 “Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story” – April 2, 2018 “Disney’s The Lion King” – May 30-June 10, 2018 What’s Up recently got to go backstage with “The Phantom of the Opera” lead actor Derrick Davis and stage manager Mitchell B. Hodges to talk about the touring production. Visit WhatsUpPub.com and facebook.com/WhatsUpWeekly to see our video of the famous chandelier and some of the costumes.

DID YOU KNOW? The City of El Paso’s Curbside Recycling Program accepts all plastics labeled #1-#7. • Not sure if the plastic item is acceptable? You can check the bottom of the item for a stamp showing the universal recycle mark of three chasing arrows with the number 1 through 7. • Please remember that all plastic bottles, aluminum cans, or another container that may have liquids or food residue must be rinsed. Empty and rinsed containers help prevent other recyclables from getting contaminated with food and liquids, and it prevents your blue recycling container from getting dirty and producing foul odors.

Citizens may call 311 (915-212-6000) or visit www.recyclerightEP.com for more information





Every 2nd Wednesday: Linda Gallegos Flamenco Ongoing music series. This week features Flamenco troupe performing, “Tierra Flamenca.” Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St., 6:30 p.m., free, riograndetheatre. com. ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ A disfigured and disgruntled musical genius who lives beneath the Paris Opera House kidnaps the new, foxy soprano. A new production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber phenomenon. There’s new scenic and lighting designs, staging and choreography. Cast and orchestra combined number 52, which makes “Phantom” the largest production now on tour. Event runs May 3-14, 7:30 p.m. Wed., 2 and 7:30 p.m. Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri., 2 and 8 p.m. Sat., 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sun., 7:30 p.m. Tues.Thurs., 1 p.m. Sun. Plaza Theater, 125 Pioneer Plaza, 7:30 p.m., $47-$118, 915-534-0609, elpasolive.com. Wacky Wednesday: Comedy Open Mic Open to all jesters and clowns. Local comedian Jerry Karnes hosts. Age 21+ 5 Points Bistro, 3019 Montana Ave, 9 p.m., free, facebook. com/epucomedy. Yoga Humans pretzel to nirvana. Happens every Wed. 150 Sunset, 150 E. Sunset Rd., 6:30 p.m., 915-5851150, 150sunset.com. ‘Devil Wears Prada’ Viewing party Proceeds go to support El Paso women in leadership and education. Entry snags you a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of several designer accessories donated by Lucchese Bootmaker. Costumes encouraged. Guests are invited to bring gently used purses to donate for the Power of the Purse event. Alamo Drafthouse, 250 E. Monticello, 7 p.m., $20, womensfundofep.org. September Mourning Metal music with openers Crash, Fall2Rise and Andromeda Theory. Doors open at 7 p.m., all ages. Rockhouse Bar & Grill, 9828 Montana Ave., 8 p.m., $10, holdmyticket.com. State Line Music Series: Abe Mac Band Country music performance. Must make food or monetary donation to El Pasoans Fighting Hunger. For ages 21+ The State Line, 1222 Sunland Park Dr., 8 p.m., free, 915-581-3371, countyline.com/ StateLineMusic.html. Preservation Month Lecture Archivists Claudia Rivers and Abbie Weiser present “Researching Historical Buildings and Neighborhoods.” UTEP Library, 6th Floor, 500 W. University Ave., 6 p.m., free, 915-747-5697. Crusaders Chess Club Strategy minded folks engage in battles of brains. Meets Wed. Irvin Schwartz Public Library, 1865 Dean Martin Dr., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., 915-212-7323, elpasolibrary.org. Kilter Pop/dance music with openers Frythm, The Swell Kids, Unthotof and MVNNRS. Doors open at 8 p.m., all ages. The Lowbrow Palace, 111 E. Robinson Ave., 9 p.m., $13 adv., $15 door, ticketfly.com.

Jade Esteban Estrada Standup comedy with opener George Anthony. Event runs May 10-14, 7:30 p.m., additional shows 9:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 17+ El Paso Comic Strip, 1201 Airway Blvd., 7:30 p.m., $6-$12, 915779-5233, laff2nite.com. Preservation Month Lecture Prince McKenzie and members of the Railway and Locomotive Historical Society (R&LHS) talk Southern Pacific. Public is invited to R&LHS dinner at 6 p.m. St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 11050 Montwood Dr., 7 p.m., free, 915-2408384. 1 Million Cups Community program for entrepreneurs and innovators offers business owners the opportunity to present their startups to a diverse group of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs. Happens every Wed. The Hub of Human Innovation, 500 West Overland, Suite 230, 9-10 a.m., free, 915-321-3123, 1millioncups. com/elpaso. Full Moon Hike Three hikes of varying difficulties explore Hueco at night. Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site, 6900 Hueco Tanks Rd., 8 p.m., 915-849-6684.

THURS. MAY 11 Cool Canyon Nights Weekly, free outdoor music performance by local bands. McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre, 1500 McKelligon Canyon Dr., 6-9 p.m., free, $10 VIP, elpasolive.com/coolcanyonnights. ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ A disfigured and disgruntled musical genius who lives beneath the Paris Opera House kidnaps the new, foxy soprano. Plaza Theater, 125 Pioneer Plaza, 7:30 p.m., $47-$118, 915-5340609, elpasolive.com. Spirits & Cocktails Ed: Bitters Information on a cocktail enhancer The Black Orchid Lounge, 6127 N. Mesa St., 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m., $12, RSVP req., theblackorchidlounge.com. Vault Dweller Dallas-Ft. Worth grind metal band performs with local openers The Pyne, Angrist and The Stalk. Boomtown, 2430 Wyoming Ave., 9:30 p.m., free, https://facebook. com/epaps915. Jade Esteban Estrada Standup comedy with opener George Anthony. For details see Wed., May 10., 915779-5233. Mainstreet Local cover group performs at a bowling alley. Bowl El Paso, 1114 Pellicano Dr., 9 p.m., bowl-elpaso. com. ‘The Night Show’ Music performances by Lil Thrashout, BLVKKHVRT, Miles Angel, Tuesday and Irie Lee. Doors open at 9 p.m., ages 18+ The Lowbrow Palace, 111 E. Robinson Ave., 10 p.m., free, ticketfly.com.

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hat happened to Vincent Van Gogh left ear after he severed it? It reincarnated into a Spanish five-member pop band, of course! What else would you expect from a person who had more creativity in his pinky – or ear – than many have in their entire bodies? Formed in the mid ’90s in San Sebastián, Spain, La Oreja de Van Gogh has remained relevant and highly successful not only in Latin America and Spain, but across the globe as well. With hits like “Cuídate” and “Muñeca de Trapo” the group quickly became known for their songs about relationships and perseverance. Their latest member, vocalist Leire Martínez, joined

the group in 2008 after competing in “Factor X,” the Spanish version of the popular British TV series. Dreams do come true! Last fall, the group released their latest album, “El Planeta Imaginario,” with poetic, upbeat tunes like “Pálida Luna” and “Siempre.” The album topped Spain’s best-selling albums list, according to Billboard. Catch the Grammy award-winning band at the Abraham Chavez Theatre this Saturday, May 13 at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $38-$161 and can be purchased at TicketMaster.com or at the Plaza Theatre Box office. For more info, call 915-231-1100 or visit ElPasoLive.com and LaOrejaDeVanGogh.com Photo courtesy of El Paso Live

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FRI. MAY 12 Fixed Idea, Chuco Soul Project Local cumbia-punk-ska-rock music performance. Love Buzz, 3011 Pershing Dr., 9:30 p.m., free, 915257-3118. Taste of Las Artistas Artist Marketplace and Wine Tasting The marketplace features a variety of art and craft created by emerging and new local artists and craftspeople.Also featuring live music, wine tasting, a cash wine bar and food trucks. Event runs May 12-13, 6-9 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. Wine Attitude, 6633 N. Mesa, Suite #300, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., free, 915-319-4541, lasartistas.org/ events. ‘Seussical the Musical’ Based on the books of Dr. Seuss. Event runs May 12-28, 7:30 p.m. Fri., 2:30 & 7:30 p.m. Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sun. Sun City Musical Theatre, 3733 Shell St., 7:30 p.m., $25, $15 under age 12, suncitymusicaltheatre.com. Luis de Alba Standup comedian. “El Pirrurris” performs! Event runs May 1213. Hilton Garden Inn, 6650 Gateway Blvd. E., 8 p.m., $35, livemusiccity. com. Super Duper Kyle, Cousin Stizz Hiphop music performance. Doors open at 9 p.m., all ages. The Lowbrow Palace, 111 E. Robinson Ave., 10 p.m., $15, ticketfly.com. ‘You Can’t Take it With You’ Three act comedy. A weirdo family’s daughter falls for the neighbor’s hot piece of meat, but the joining of the two clans don’t go well. Event runs May 5-21, 8 p.m. Thur.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Las Cruces Community Theater, 313 N. Main St., 8 p.m., $9-$12, 575-5231200, lcctnm.org. ‘Identity Work’ Ladies, Wine and Design El Paso hosts a group discussion on how to create, build and develop one’s identity as a female in the creative industry. Info on resumes and CV structure. Professional photo booth, too. Guest speakers: Cathy Chan (co-founder FabLab) and multimedia designer Lily Ann Perez (VH1, MTV, Nickelodeon). Fab Lab El Paso, 601 N. Oregon St., 6 p.m.-8 p.m., 915-209-2656, facebook.com/ LWDElPaso. Mesilla Valley Film Festival: ‘Un Padre No Tan Padre’ Don Servando Villegas is expelled from his retirement home and his younger son takes him in. Event runs May 12-18, 7:30 p.m. Additional screenings: 1:30 p.m. Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinee. Fountain Theatre, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, 7:30 p.m., $7, $6 matinee/senior/ military/student, $5 Wed., mesillavalleyfilm.org. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity ‘Las Vegas Night’ Free food, drinks, fake money for gaming and door prizes, too. Radisson Airport Hotel, 1770 Airway Blvd., 7 p.m., $50, 915-449-9149, 915598-1452. Drink’N Draw: Rock and Roll Edition Fermented artists to be try to art. Tonight is dedicated to the band Blondie. Everything included. Complementary wine. The Mix, 518 W. San Antonio Ave., 7 p.m., $30, 915-490-6233, facebook.com/ drinkndrawep.

15 Blondes vs. Brunettes Flag Football Two teams of women compete in a flag football game to inspire fundraising, awareness and action in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. El Paso High School, 800 E Schuster Ave, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., $10, $5 kids 12 and under, 915-544-1799.

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‘Tribute to the Mothers’ Music by Los Zacatecas of Ruben Esparza accompanied by Rosy Arango. Event runs May 12-13. Saturday’s performance is at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall. El Paso Scottish Rite, 301 W Missouri Ave, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., free, 915-533-4409. Santa Fe Opera presents ‘Avastar’ Original story about a dude and a woman in a singing contest. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St., 7 p.m., free, 575-523-6403, riograndetheatre.com. Kaos Metal music performance. Iron Horse, 4930 Hondo Pass, 9 p.m., free, 915-751-6064. Jade Esteban Estrada Standup comedy with opener George Anthony. For details see Wed., May 10., 915779-5233. King Octopus Rock music covers. King’s X, 4119 N. Mesa St., 9:30 p.m., free, twitter.com/kingoctopusband. Alfresco Fridays: Fungi Mungle Weekly outdoor concert series. This week is ‘70s funk. Judson F. Williams Convention Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, 6 p.m., free, alfrescofridays. com. Skid Row, Kix Hair metal music. 18+ Speaking Rock Entertainment Center, 122 S. Old Pueblo Rd., 8 p.m., free, speakingrock.com. EP Bike Month‚ A Ride for Reading Bike deliver books to a local elementary school. Six mile beginner ride. Crazy Kat (Kern), 2800 N. Stanton St., 7:30 a.m. We B Fore Band Local cover group performs at a bowling alley. Bowl El Paso, 1114 Pellicano Dr., 9 p.m., bowl-elpaso.com. Oliver Huntemann DJ brings the boogy. 18+, dress code enforced! 301, 301 S. Ochoa St., 10 p.m.-2 a.m., free w/RSVP 21+, $10 gen. admish, eventbrite.com. Mesilla Valley Film Festival: ‘Growing Up Smith’ An Indian family chock full of the American dream moves to America and gets the truth of it. Event runs May 19-25, 7:30 p.m. Additional screenings: 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinee. Fountain Theatre, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, 7:30 p.m., $7, $6 matinee/senior/military/ student, $5 Wed., mesillavalleyfilm. org.

SAT. MAY 13 Preservation Month Lecture Anna Fahy presents “Construction of the Southern Pacific Railroad Across the Southwest by Chinese Workers 188083.” Downtown Public Library, 501 N. Oregon St., 2 p.m., free, 915-2408384. Luis de Alba Standup comedian. “El Pirrurris” performs! For details see Fri., May 12.


aking over the TechH20 Learning Center on 10751 Montana Ave., the free all-ages festival will include water harvesting demonstrations, competitive games and presentations on topics like water quality, conservation and native bees.

Classical Guitar Recital Faculty member Hiram Rodriguez performs work by Anton Diabelli, Heitor Villalobos, Domenico Scarlatti and Roland Dyens. UTEP Fox Fine Arts Center, 500 W. University Ave., 7:30 p.m., music.utep.edu. Father Rahm Segundo Barrio Person of the Year Parade The parade honors Nolan Richardson, Jr. Parade starts at Saint Ignatius Church and ends at Sacred Heart Church. Starting at San Ignacio Church, 408 Park St., 9 a.m.12:30 p.m., free, 915-999-1781. Sunset Film Society Screening: ‘Mother’ After his second divorce, a confused and depressed sci-fi writer moves back in with mom. International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana Ave., 2 p.m., free, 915-543-6747, internationalmuseumofart.net. Taste of Las Artistas Artist Marketplace and Wine Tasting The marketplace features a variety of art and craft created by emerging and new local artists and craftspeople. Also featuring live music, wine tasting, a cash wine bar and food trucks. For details see Fri., May 12. Rare Plant Tour: An information stroll An informational stroll. Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site, 6900 Hueco Tanks Rd., 8 a.m., free, max group of 10, 915-849-6684. Water Festival Interactive, educational activities fun for all but geared to school-aged children. Fest promotes awareness and protection of water resources in the Chihuahuan desert. TechH2O Center, 10751 Montana Ave., 10 a.m.-2 p.m., free, 915-6212000.

Excape Rock cover band performs. House of Rock, 931 N. Resler, Ste. 108, 9 p.m., free, 915-760-4111, facebook.com/HouseofRockElPaso. ‘Seussical the Musical’ Based on the books of Dr. Seuss. For details see Fri., May 12., 7:30 p.m.. Deadbeach Tap Takeover Local brewery takes over the taps. Music by Dirty Magic, Fixed Idea and City Mishaps. Boomtown, 2430 Wyoming Ave., 10 p.m., free, facebook.com/ epaps915. Fuel, Marcy’s Playground, Dishwalla Alt. rock. Ages 18+ Speaking Rock Entertainment Center, 122 S. Old Pueblo Rd., 7-10 p.m., free, speakingrockentertainment.com. Bobby Flay Iron chef leads a live cooking demonstration. Inn of the Mountain Gods, 287 Carrizo Canyon Rd., 4 p.m., $75, innofthemountaingods.com. Archery and Atl-atl Demonstration Demos held every Saturday. Equipment provided. Marshals present. Archers welcome to bring own recurve or longbow. El Paso Museum of Archaeology, 4301 Transmountain Rd., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., free, 915-7554332., archaeology.elpasotexas.gov. ‘You Can’t Take it With You’ Three act comedy. A weirdo family’s daughter falls for the neighbor’s hot piece of meat, but the joining of the two clans don’t go well. For details see Fri., May 12., 575-523-1200. Morgan Page Progressive-electrohouse DJ boom booms the room. All ages. 301, 301 S. Ochoa St., 9 p.m., $16 plus fees, eventbrite.com.

Cook the Book Group picks a cook book, makes a recipe from that book, and shares it. This month’s theme is “Asian-Pacific.” Mickelsen Community Library, Building 2E Sheridan Rd., 4-5:30 p.m., free, 915568-1902, facebook.com/blissmwr. Mesilla Valley Film Festival: ‘Un Padre No Tan Padre’ Don Servando Villegas is expelled from his retirement home and his younger son takes him in. For details see Fri., May 12. Not My Master, Barbarian Doors open at 7 p.m., age 18+ Rockhouse Bar & Grill, 9828 Montana Ave., 7 p.m., free age 21+, $5 age 1820, 915-591-7625, facebook.com/ rockhouserdivebarkitchen. Women’s Only Hike Event for women not comfortable with the outdoors. Information on hiking dos and don’ts. Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site, 6900 Hueco Tanks Rd., 9 a.m.-, free, reservation required, 915-8496684. Walking and Driving Tour of Trost Fire Stations Look at Stations number 3,11 and 10, all designed by Henry C. Trost. Fire Station Number 3, 721 E. Rio Grande Ave., 1 p.m., $15 nonmember, $10 member, 915-231-5838. Verano the 5th Local bar tending competition. Winner nabs $500, apt mention on Circa’s Summer Cocktail menu. Age 21+ Hotel Indigo, 325 N. Kansas St., 3-7 p.m., $15 adv., $20 door, 915-532-5200. La Oreja de Van Gogh Spanish pop performance. Abraham Chavez Theatre, 1 Civic Center Plaza, 8 p.m., $38-$172, ticketmaster.com.

‘Birds of Rio Bosque’ John Sproul leads a tour focusing on the birds which inhabit or visit the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park. Rio Bosque Wetlands Park, 10716 Socorro Rd., 7 a.m., 915747-8863. Jade Esteban Estrada Standup comedy with opener George Anthony. For details see Wed., May 10. Preservation Month: 7th Anniversary Gallery Celebration History talk and showcasing of new paintings by Alberto Escamilla. Event runs May 1314, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sun. Placita Madrid Building, 1445 Main St., 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., free, albertoescamilla.com. Academy of Music and Dance Spring Recital Instruments and synchronized movement to beat. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St., 4 p.m., free, 575-523-6403, riograndetheatre. com. Code Breakers: Youth Coding 8-week Program Week 1: Introduction to coding, Week 2: Drawing and colors, Week 3: Variables and animation basics, Week 4: Interactive programming, Week 5: Creating websites, Week 6: Adding CSS and JavaScript to websites, Week 7: Mobile applications/sneak peek to virtual reality, Week 8: The computer. Software provided, bring laptop with WiFi, Ages 10+ Fab Lab El Paso, 601 N. Oregon St., 4-6 p.m., $200, 915209-2656, FabLabElPaso.org. Trance State: Simon Patterson 3 hour set. 18+ The Underground Lounge, 115 Durango St., 10 p.m.-3 a.m., $25, eventbrite.com.

16 Mesilla Valley Film Festival: ‘Growing Up Smith’ An Indian family chock full of the American dream moves to America and gets the truth of it. For details see Fri., May 12. Let Freedom Sing Country music concert featuring Brett Young, Mitchell Tenpenny and Valerie Ponzio. Freedom Crossing, 1611 Haan Rd., 7-10 p.m., free, freedomcrossingatfortbliss. com. Preservation Month Lecture Pat Taylor presents “Adobe Preservation and Conservation.” Magoffin Home Visitor Center, 1117 Magoffin Ave., 1 p.m., free, 915-751-3631.

SUN. MAY 14 ‘Seussical the Musical’ Based on the books of Dr. Seuss. For details see Fri., May 12., 2:30 p.m.. ‘You Can’t Take it With You’ Three act comedy. A weirdo family’s daughter falls for the neighbor’s hot piece of meat, but the joining of the two clans don’t go well. For details see Fri., May 12. Mesilla Valley Film Festival: ‘Un Padre No Tan Padre’ Don Servando Villegas is expelled from his retirement home and his younger son takes him in. For details see Fri., May 12. ‘Keystone Thru the Ages’ Members of the Keystone Board discuss the importance of the area surrounding Keystone Heritage Park, the desert environment and how to grow drought tolerant plants. Keystone Heritage Park, 4200 Doniphan Dr., 9 a.m.-3 p.m., free, 915-581-7920. Retro Game Night & Dart Tournament Dart tournament, Jenga, beer pong, and “Connect 4.” Atari, NES and Sega gaming as well. Darts at 8:30 p.m., gaming at 7 p.m. The District Pub & Kitchen, 601 N. Piedras St., 7 p.m., free, 915-564-0707. San Elizario Historic District Walking Tour One and a half mile tour covers 419 years of history. Los Portales Museum And Information Center, 1521 San Elizario Rd, 1 p.m., free, 915-851-0093.

WWW.WHATSUPPUB.COM Mesilla Valley Film Festival: ‘Growing Up Smith’ An Indian family chock full of the American dream moves to America and gets the truth of it. For details see Fri., May 12. ‘Se renta un hombre’ Stage comedy. An aging mother visits her younger daughter. The daughter enlists a dude to act like her husband. Featuring Gabriela Goldsmith, Jorge Aravena, Sherlyn, Lambda Garcia and Geraldine Bazán. Additional performance at 9 p.m. Centro Cultural Paso Del Norte, 32315 Humbarto Lara Leos, Cd. Juarez, MX, 7 p.m., $15-$38, facebook.com/ conciertosdeciudadjuarez.

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Mesilla Valley Film Festival: ‘Un Padre No Tan Padre’ Don Servando Villegas is expelled from his retirement home and his younger son takes him in. For details see Fri., May 12. Annual Blessing of the Fields Continuing an old tradition; colorful procession around the Museum grounds blessing animals, plants, acequia and fresh-baked bread. Bishop Emeritus Ricardo Ramirez storytells afterward. New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Rd., 9 a.m., free from 9-11 a.m., 575-522-4100, nmfarmandranchmuseum.org. El Paso Triple-A Baseball Chihuahuas vs. Colorado Springs Sky Socks. Event runs May 15-18, 6:35 p.m. Mon.-Tues., 11:05 a.m. Wed., 6:35 p.m. Thurs. Southwest University Ballpark, 1 Ballpark Plaza, 6:35 p.m., $5-$25, 915-533-BASE, facebook.com/ epchihuahuas. Upon A Burning Body Hardcore music with Within the Ruins, Kublai Khan, Crafting the Conspiracy, Coldcasket and Violent Vendetta. Rockhouse Bar & Grill, 9828 Montana Ave., 6 p.m., $15 adv., $2 minor fee, holdmyticket. com.



omedian Steve Kramer will crack up the Comic Strip starting next Wednesday, May 17 until Sunday, May 21. Kramer is known for his celebrity impressions and adding musical instruments and vocals to his comedic mix. In 1999, he out funnied Dane Cook to land a spot on the former Warner Bros. TV network “Hype,” where he did impressions of celebrities including Keanu Reeves and Justin Timberlake. The Kansas City native is also a self-taught animator. He screened the pilot of “Stanford and Sons,” his animated reality show about a Midwest comedy club,

Mesilla Valley Film Festival: ‘Growing Up Smith’ An Indian family chock full of the American dream moves to America and gets the truth of it. For details see Fri., May 12.

Jade Esteban Estrada Standup comedy with opener George Anthony. For details see Wed., May 10.

‘Logan’ A black and white screening of director James Mangold’s recent superhero flick. Live-screen Q&A with Mangold after the film. Ages 18+, age 6 and up allowed with adult. Alamo Drafthouse, 250 E. Montecillo Blvd., 6 p.m., $16, 915-845-7469, drafthouse.com/el-paso.

Preservation Month: 7th Anniversary Gallery Celebration History talk and showcasing of new paintings by Alberto Escamilla. For details see Sat., May 13.

King Lil G Hip-hop performance. Real tickets at Happy House and Bowie Feathers. All ages. Tricky Falls, 209 S. El Paso St., 7 p.m., $20, holdmyticket.com.

EP Bike Month – Ride for Silence Six mile beginner ride in silence. Honors and raises awareness bikers injured or killed on the road. Old City Hall, 300 N. Campbell St., 6:30 p.m., free, elpasobikemonth.com.

‘Dreamin’ The Mesilla Valley Chorale spring concert. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St., 3-4 p.m., 575-5236403, riograndetheatre.com.

Board Game Night Board and tabletop games. Bring your own. There are board games onsite, too. Game Vault, 9828 Montana Ave., 6 p.m.-10 p.m., free, https://gamevaultelpaso.com.

Mesilla Valley Film Festival: ‘Un Padre No Tan Padre’ Don Servando Villegas is expelled from his retirement home and his younger son takes him in. For details see Fri., May 12.

Mesilla Valley Film Festival: ‘Un Padre No Tan Padre’ Don Servando Villegas is expelled from his retirement home and his younger son takes him in. For details see Fri., May 12.

Yoga Humans pretzel to nirvana. Happens every Wed. 150 Sunset, 150 E. Sunset Rd., 6:30 p.m., 915-5851150, 150sunset.com.

Mesilla Valley Film Festival: ‘Growing Up Smith’ An Indian family chock full of the American dream moves to America and gets the truth of it. For details see Fri., May 12.

MON. MAY 15 So Much Light, Nnamdi Ogbonnaya Hip-hop and pop music performance. Local openers Jupiter’s Junkies, Wise/ Weapon and Of Two Minds. San Carlos Building, 501 Texas Ave., 8 p.m., $5, holdmyticket.com.

CALENDAR MAY 10-17, 2017

Barbed Wire Open Mic Series Open to music, poetry, comedy and anything else. Sign-up starts at 8 p.m. The Black Orchid Lounge, 6127 N. Mesa St., 8 p.m., free age 21+, free age 18+ until 10 p.m., bwoms.com. El Paso Triple-A Baseball Chihuahuas vs. Colorado Springs Sky Socks. For details see Sun., May 15.


Crusaders Chess Club Strategy minded folks engage in battles of brains. Meets Wed. For details see Wed., May 10., 915-212-7323. Steve Kramer Standup comedy with opener Ziggy Klett. Event runs May 1721, 7:30 p.m., additional shows 9:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 17+ El Paso Comic Strip, 1201 Airway Blvd., 7:30 p.m., $6-$12, 915-779-5233, laff2nite.com.

State Line Music Series: Mike Ryan Country music performance. Must make food or monetary donation to El Pasoans Fighting Hunger. For ages 21+ The State Line, 1222 Sunland Park Dr., 8 p.m., free, 915-581-3371, countyline.com/StateLineMusic. html. PRSW May Luncheon Networking opp. for public relations professionals. This month’s theme: “Managing perception and protecting your brand: Lessons from Pepsi, United and beyond.” El Paso Club, 201 E. Main St., 18th floor, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., $30, RSVP recommended, prswelpaso@ gmail.com. El Paso Triple-A Baseball Chihuahuas vs. Colorado Springs Sky Socks. For details see Sun., May 15. 1 Million Cups Community program for entrepreneurs and innovators offers business owners the opportunity to present their startups to a diverse group of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs. Happens every Wed. For details see Wed., May 10. Mesilla Valley Film Festival: ‘Growing Up Smith’ An Indian family chock full of the American dream moves to America and gets the truth of it. For details see Fri., May 12.

at the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal. Kramer is currently working on a comedy series with “Mad TV” alumnus Pablo Francisco. The two are also touring together, however Francisco’s El Paso appearance has been rescheduled to September. To see some of Kramer’s work, visit SteveKramerEntertainment.com. Catch him at the Comic Strip at 7:30 p.m. May 17-21 with additional 9:30 p.m. shows on May 19 and 20. Tickets range from $6-$22 and can be purchased at the Comic Strip on 1201 Airway Blvd. or laff2nite.com. Photo by John Adrian Sandoval

EXHIBITS 2017 Juried Student Art Show Work by undergraduate and grad students from New Mexico State University. NMSU Art Gallery, 1390 E. University Ave., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free, uag.nmsu. edu. Ends 5/13/17. ‘Life As It Is’ MFA thesis exhibit by Yolanda Cooper. Features portraits. NMSU Art Gallery, 1390 E. University Ave., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free, uag.nmsu. edu. Ends 5/13/17. April Foolishness Rokoko Art Gallery, 4901 Chippewa Trail, 12-5 p.m., 575-522-5553, facebook.com/ Rokokoart. Ends 5/13/17. Auditions: ‘Into the Woods’ Musical. A witch’s curse makes a young couple childless which starts them on a course to start getting some of those little ones. Sun City Musical Theatre, 3733 Shell St., 6 p.m., suncitymusicaltheatre. com. Ends 5/14/17. Let Nature Inspire You Work displayed is part of the “Arts in the Park” workshop series. International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana Ave., 1-5 p.m., 915-562-9899. Ends 5/21/17.

‘Patterns of Spring’ Las Cruces Arts Association presents abstract and realistic representations of spring. Styles include oils, acrylics, pastels, watercolor, fabric arts, graphic media, gourds, mosaics and fused glass. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., free, riograndetheatre. com. Ends 5/31/17. Plaza Classic Film Festival Local Flavor Need films for local film showcase. All genres considered. No works-in-progress. Projects must have been complete before Jan. 1.Deadline is June 9, 2017. free, 915-533-4020, plazaclassic.com/localflavor. Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament Tournament hosts over 150 teams from the Southwest and Mexico. Play for boys’ and girls’ teams in specified age groups. Westside Sports Complex , 201 Isela Rubalcava, Registration required, 915-533-4416. Southwest Land & Skyscapes Day and night images by local photographer Wayne Suggs. Rokoko Art Gallery, 4901 Chippewa Trail, 12-5 p.m., 575522-5553. Ends 6/10/17

CALENDAR MAY 10-17, 2017 Cartography – Mapping Contemporary Art at the Border A gander at the landscape of institutions and independent projects that shape contemporary art practices in El Paso, Juarez and Las Cruces. Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center, 500 W. University Ave., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free, 915-747-6151, rubin.utep.edu. Ends 6/16/17. Preserving Identities Dr. Darius Arya presents an interactive, multimedia exhibit of Roman life, culture and history. UTEP Library Blumberg Auditorium, 500 W. University Ave., 1st floor, 7 a.m.-8 p.m., free, libraryweb.utep.edu. Ends 6/16/17. Desconocida Unknown Ukjent Art by Bjorne Linnert. Name tags with the name of a murdered woman from Cd. Juárez and the word ‘unknown.’ Protests the murder of women in Juárez. Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center, 500 W. University Ave., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free, 915-747-6151, rubin.utep.edu. Ends 6/16/17. Duologue: Conversations between Poetry and Pastels Work by pastel artist Melody Sears and poet Chuck Barrett. Proceeds of sales donated to NM Cafe. Tombaugh Gallery, 2000 S. Solano, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 575-522-7281, facebook.com/ tombaughgallery. Ends 6/24/17.


17 Weaving in New Mexico: The Ancestral Puebloan and Rio Grande Traditions Showcasing historical and contemporary weaving. New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Rd., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., free, nmfarmandranchmuseum.org. Ends 7/8/17.

Suzi Davidoff: Simplified World Explores human-wrought changes in the ecosystem. Drawings on found maps and globes with accompanying hand-drawn animation. Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center, 500 W. University Ave., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free, 915-747-6151, rubin.utep.edu. Ends 12/15/17.

UTEP Dinner Theatre – ‘Sister Act’ A lounge singer is put in protective custody in a San Francisco convent. 13 performances UTEP Dinner Theatre, 500 W. University Ave., 7 p.m., free, 915-747-6060, utep.edu/udt. Ends 7/23/17.


2017 Annual Juried UTEP Student Art Exhibition Art and design by UTEP undergrads. All media taught in the department represented. Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center, 500 W. University Ave., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free, 915-747-6151, rubin.utep.edu. Ends 7/28/17. Art of the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro Group art exhibit featuring 10 local artists. Golden Eagle Gallery, 1501 Main St., 12-4 p.m., sanelizariohistoricdistrict.org. Ends 7/30/17.

By Gustavo Arellano comment: @whatsupweekly

Dear Mexican: I’m an American woman who has been living in Mexico for over a year and a half. I found an excellent job teaching English at a university and, as luck or karma would have it, I met an amazing Mexican man who treats me with respect and kindness and a support I have never known from anyone. He is a doctor here at the university. We are the same age and though he is a chemist, and I have spent the last decade of my life trying to be an artist, we get along sweetly and I do love him a lot. I should mention we also live together and in general, it runs smoothly. Things are good. But there is still that, I don’t know, American ambition, that voice in my head that says to me constantly that you have to keep going, keep achieving, you aren’t making enough, doing enough, being enough. So here’s my situation: I want my boyfriend to come with me, should I be accepted into the doctoral programs I’m applying for in the United States. But he has such a good thing going for him here in Mexico. He’s a professor in a university, he is making research and publishing. I feel like a jerk asking him to leave. I fear if he leaves Mexico, he would come to the USA and have to work some menial job at a restaurant when he is a scientist. He was also born and raised in Mexico,

‘The Importance of Being Ernest’ Auditions Prepare one comedic monologue. British dialect preferred. Info at kamckean@utep.edu UTEP Wise Theater, 500 W. University Ave., 5-9 p.m. Ends 5/12/17.uuid title Play/Performance Public Forum Cuban actor/director Jazz Villa needs talent for his new play “Frontera/Beyond the Wall.” The piece is loosely based on “Romeo and Juliet.” Glasbox, 210 Poplar St., 7 p.m., free, 915-2269528, jazzvilla.com. Ends 5/20/17.

MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES Aa Studios Various amounts of local art. 2645 Doña Ana Rd., Las Cruces, NM, 575-520-8752 or wysiwyg@

and aside from study in Spain, he hasn’t really experienced a separation from his culture, his food, home. But then I think of my life, and I can’t just sit here in Mexico and be in his shadow. I do not want to be the woman of the household while my man is out having a marvelous professional career. I have to think about my career as well, but I also do want a family and the support and warmth that he provides for me. How do I do this? How do I have a career and the man I love at the same time? How do I ask someone to sacrifice so much for me? Should I ask someone to sacrifice so much for me? –Sad in Satélite Dear Gabacha: There’s ambition, and then there’s selfishness, and you, ingrata, are the definition of the latter. You already have a job and a man, yet you want to upgrade the former while forcing your querido to become a peon in el Norte, just because you don’t want to be “the woman of the household”? Isn’t that the position you currently hold in Mexico, a position you say yourself is wonderful? And you realize you’d be in a subservient position up here anyways, since the only income the two of you would make during your college years is whatever he could cobble together while your apapachada ass buries the two of you in student debt? Just leave him: you deserve him less than Donald Trump deserves a Mazapan de la Rosa Ask the Mexican at themexican@askamexican.net, be his fan on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @gustavoarellano or follow him on Instagram @gustavo_ arellano!

zianet.com. Al Borrego Studio & Gallery Original works, prints and gifts by Al Borrego. 1501C Main Street, San Elizario, Wed.-Fri. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.4 p.m., Sun. 12-4 p.m., 915-851-0093, alborrego.com. Bert Saldana Art Gallery Original Southwestern oil paintings and prints by Bert Saldana. 1501 Main Street, San Elizario, Wed.-Fri. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 12-4 p.m., 915-479-2926, bert_saldana@ yahoo.com or bertsaldanafineart. com. Branigan Cultural Center Permanent local history exhibit and changing cultural exhibits, as well as educational programs, classes, and other special events. 501 N. Main St., Las Cruces, NM, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 575-541-2154 or lascruces.org/museums. Centro Municipal de las Artes Museum offers poetry readings, art exhibitions, dance performances and art classes. 16 de Septiembre, Mariscal 105, Cd. Juarez, MX, free, every Sunday 11 a.m.-1 p.m., for more info (01152656) 617-2828.

Escamilla’s Fine Art Gallery & Studio Original impressionist paintings, prints and numerous gift items with Escamilla images. 1445 Main St., Ste. B1-2, San Elizario, TX, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sun., 915851-0742, albertoescamilla.com. G. Jacquez Calderon Gallery Original bronze and wood sculpture; handmade kayaks and cajónes. 12715 Alarcon, San Elizario, Wed-Fri 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 12-4 p.m., 915-851-0093, 915-4781744 or jacquezcalderon.com. Golden Eagle Gallery Original art by regional artists. 1501A Main Street, San Elizario, open Wed.-Fri. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 12-4 p.m., 719-846-3931 or goldeneaglegallery.com. International Museum of Art Home, exhibiting African and Asian art and artifacts, a collection of Western art, a Mexican Revolution collection, local and national art. 1211 Montana Ave., Thurs.-Sun. 1-5 p.m, free, 915-5436747 or internationalmuseumofart. net.

Crossland Gallery & Art Junction Home of the El Paso Art Association. 500 W. Paisano, Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., free, 915534-7377 or elpasoartassociation. com.

Las Cruces Railroad Museum The railroad history of Las Cruces and the impact of the railroad on Southern New Mexico. 351 N. Mesilla St., Las Cruces, NM, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.Fri., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 575-647-4480 or las-cruces.org/museums.

Dream Chasers Club Local art exhibits. 200 S. Santa Fe St., 915-3426357 or DCCDreamChasersClub. com.

Maria Branch Gallery Original oil paintings and art lessons. 500 W. Paisano Dr., 915-525-2731 or mariabranch.com.

McCall Neighborhood Center Contains a museum, gift shop and photographic collection on local and national Black History, and archives. 3231 E. Wyoming, Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.3 p.m., weekends by appointment, free, all ages, 915-566-2407. Old El Paso County Jail Museum An in depth look at the history of the El Paso/San Elizario area. 1551 Main St., San Elizario, TX, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sat., 12-4 p.m. on Sun., 915-851-0093 or 915851-1682. Palmira Lopez Gallery Original oil paintings, prints and gifts. 1501A Main Street, San Elizario, Wed.-Fri. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 12-4 p.m., 915-851-6012. Peña Gallery+Studio San Elizario Local art. 1456 Main Street, San Elizario, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and by appt., 915-851-8400, sanelizariopenagallery.com. Sasahara Gallery Local art. 21 artists show regularly. 7100 Westwind Drive, Suite 135, 915--584-4222. The Ho Show An outdoor surreal sculpture garden visible from the street. Aurora at Piedras, 915-5627820 or hobaron.com. Tigua Indian Cultural Center A museum on the Tigua tribe. 305 Yaya Road, at Socorro Rd., east of the Ysleta Mission, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., free, all ages, 915-859-7700.





MAY 10-17, 2017

Now Open

Salt + Honey Bakery Café is officially


By Lisa Martinez comment: @whatsupweekly

Dulce de leche crepe with vanilla ice cream and caramelized almonds

Pesto crepe with turkey breast, mozzarella and mixed greens

Photos by Jorge Salgado

Avocado-turkey crepe with chipotle spread

Strawberries & cream crepe topped with a rolled wafer

Donut Ice Cream Sandwich made with Bowie Bakery glazed donuts.

After Healthy Bite vacated the tiny space at Mesa to move into a larger space a block away, family members opened Crepe & Co. This new spot offers something different but with the same fresh and flavorful ingredients and friendly service as their sister eatery. With limited seating, it might be best to take your order to go or have it delivered if you’re fortunate to work or live Downtown. Crepe options are divided into sweet and savory categories and can even be ordered as gluten-free. The Maria is everyone’s favorite, balancing sweet and salty with prosciutto, goat cheese, arugula, and a sweet compote, similar to apricot jam. As small as the café may be, these crepes are not of the street variety, but require a knife and fork, especially a crepe stuffed with sirloin that requires you to sop up the house-made chimichurri sauce. The turkey breast, mozzarella, onion and tomato crepe has a generous squiggle of pesto and can be made vegetarian by subbing hummus for the turkey. Other options include ham and Swiss and smoky chipotle, turkey and avocado. The thin crepes are tender and toothsome and come with mixed greens. Sweet crepes are everything you want in a dessert meal, like one with vanilla ice cream, praline almonds and dulce de

leche. There’s also Nutella, warm bananas and strawberries, mixed berries with dark chocolate, and S’mores with Hershey’s, graham crackers and marshmallows A mixed berries compote of course. with dark chocolate makes Breakfast is an egg donut, as in these crepes decadent. egg, cheese, and bacon served in a donut from Bowie Bakery. Speaking of donuts, you can order a donut ice cream sandwich. French toast sticks are perfect for breakfast and dessert. 117 N. STANTON 915-234-2334 FACEBOOK.COM/CREPEANDCOEP MONDAY-FRIDAY 10 A.M.-4 P.M., SATURDAYS 11 A.M.-4 P.M., CLOSED SUNDAYS $3-7

open for breakfast and lunch. Owned by former What’s Up editor Maggie Asfahani Hajj, the eatery serves up dishes like baklava pancakes, honey-feta fries, cheese-stuffed burgers and hummus-avocado toast. Follow Salt + Honey at facebook.com/SaltAndHoneyEP or call 915-313-4907. Café Istanbul Mediterranean Café is now open at 3551 Sun Bowl near UTEP. This spot is definitely on our radar with live music and an open kitchen where everything is made from scratch, including the baklava. Also opening near UTEP is another Cane’s Chicken. This will be their fourth location in El Paso. Taco Tote will be opening another location in the parking lot of The Outlet Shoppes. No longer will you have to speed to purchase a ticket to the sellout, pop-up ramen dinners at Tradecraft. Chef Enrique Lozano has returned to El Paso and will open a ramen shop offering ramen and dim sum in the Union Plaza called Nishi Ramen at 504 W. San Antionio, Suite B in Downtown’s Union Plaza. Palomino Tavern, which has previously operated on the corner of North Mesa and Robinson (now home to Wing Daddy’s Express) will return to the Kern area at the former location of Kopi Coffee on Cincinnati. Chef Lawrence Acosta of Tom’s and Dark Horse fame heads up the kitchen, and has developed a creative menu with plenty of surprises. Dunkin Donuts is being constructed on the corner of Festival and North Mesa.

Now Closed:

Thai Chef, a Northeast restaurant that served

pad thai, curries and Thai tea, recently closed. However, you’ll find those exact items at Tara Thai, which is operated by the same owners on 2606 N Mesa St. Monday-Saturday. Give them a call at 915-219-9307 Papa Pita closed down after two years, but indicated that they plan to pursue other opportunities. Westside Indian restaurant Chut-ney closed down, and already in its place, Casa Pizza will open. After over 20 years of operation, Casa Pizza closed its Magruder location in central El Paso, but will reopen sometime in May at 5435 N. Mesa. In case you missed it, Tosca Pizzeria and Dominic’s Italian Restaurant closed down.

Trending Eats

Rolled cold 915 is open inside Sunland Park Mall. The rolled ice cream made famous in Thailand can also be found at Tippi Teas and Fahrenheit 32. Cauliflower wings, as in breaded and fried cauliflower, is trending in El Paso. You’ll find them at local spots Ode Brewing and Eloise, while chains Alamo Drafthouse, P. F. Chang’s, and Chili’s are serving them, too. While not of the cauliflower variety, Steve-o’s has a fried veggie trio appetizer that’s a culinary genius.









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