Wednesday, March 31, 2010

3.31.10: Today's Guests

In honor of Cesar Chavez's birthday, today on "The Lisa D Show" we'll talk to our friends at Cinco Puntos Press about a timely publication CESAR CHAVEZ, A Photographic Essay by Ilan Stavans.

Details about the book: Who was Cesar Chavez? Essay and photographs restore this man to his place in American history.

Chavez has become a hero, an icon, so it’s difficult for people, especially young people, to understand him simply as a man. Esteemed Latin American scholar and writer Ilan Stavans, supported by 40-plus photographs from archival collections at the Cesar Chavez Foundation, restores this man’s humanity so that readers can understand his struggles as a labor organizer and civil rights activist for farm workers.

The book discusses his growing up and his family; his comadre Dolores Huerta, who stood with him from the beginning; his relationship with Dr. King and other activists in the broader struggles for civil rights for all peoples of color; and his insistence on being an activist for the rights of farm workers when so much media attention was given to the civil rights activists in the cities.

Ilan Stavans is a nationally respected Jewish-Latino writer and scholar. His story “Morirse está en hebreo” was made into the award-winning movie My Mexican Shivah produced by John Sayles. His books include Cesar Chavez: An Organizer’s Tale (Penguin, 2008), Dictionary Days (Graywolf), The Disappearance (TriQuarterly) and Resurrecting Hebrew (Random House). Stavans has received numerous awards, among them a Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Jewish Book Award, the Latino Book Award and Chile’s Presidential Medal. He is a Professor in Latin American Culture at Amherst College.


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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

3.30.10: Today's Guest

Today on "The Lisa D Show" we'll interview Melissa Barba-Espinosa, Gallery Curator & Educational Specialist for the Ysleta Independent School District.

Part of her job is to manage the Galeria Senecu, which most recently opened a retrospective in honor of Susan Klahr who passed away this January. Klahr was a painter and this is the first of what is expected to be several retrospectives of her work. Today we'll talk about Melissa's involvement in the retrospective and her greater role as education specialists for YISD. The video posted in this blog was recorded of Melissa at the opening reception for Susan Klahr.

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Monday, March 29, 2010

3.29.10: Today's Guest

Today on "The Lisa D Show" we'll feature an interview with blogger Elena Marinaccio, author of El Paso film blog, Marianccio (pronounced marin-ACH-eo) will be calling the show from Chicago where she is covering El Paso filmmakers, the Corral Brothers, as they screen the world premiere of their film Hands of God at the 26th Annual Chicago Latino Film Festival on April 17th.

BIO: Elena Marinaccio has written for music powerhouse CMJ, covered the Tribeca Film Festival for The Reeler in New York City, and edited the exploits of the Riverdale Gang at Archie Comics. In 2008 she answered the call to adventure and moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, where she produced and directed a daily news show at KTVF. Now based in El Paso, Texas, she is currently the editor of EPIC: El Paso Infernal Cinema, a website devoted to covering all things cinema in the Sun City.

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

3.28.10: Kidspalooza 2010

Saturday, March 27, the 3rd annual Kidspalooza festival provided arts & culture entertainment for children, all day in Downtown El Paso. Featured here are a few videos, for more visit my You Tube Channel, TheLisaDShow. If you have your own videos or photos to add, email them to

Kids Excel

Saturday, March 27, 2010

3.27.10: Sue Klahr Retrospective Opening Reception

Last night I attended the opening reception for "Susan Klahr: A Retrospective" at the YISD Fine Arts Gallery, Galeria Senecu, showcasing from March 25-April 23, 2010. Family and friends were in attendance as Arlo & Aisling performed live music from their newest album. The show features more than 50 paintings created by Klahr during her lifetime, mostly autobiographical portraits and several large format allegorical paintings. The show is extremely well curated and has three distinct sections/phases of Klahr's works. Open until April 23, make the trek down Alameda to see the works.

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Friday, March 26, 2010

3.26.10: Today's Guests

Welcome to Friday "Lisa D Show" fans!

Today we've got a jam-packed lineup of superstar guests (that feels to say) who will fill us in on exciting events, fundraisers, concerts and films happening this weekend. And those superstar guests will have free tickets to all of these events for you to win!

Ernie Hernandez will promote "The Skyy's The Limit" Vodka Tasting with host Bo Dixon at Ardovino's Desert Crossing, a rundraiser for El Paso Sun City Pride this Saturday March 27, 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 at the door.

Andy Moran will talk about El Paso Youth Symphony Orchestra's 3rd annual "Side by Side Concert" featuring over 100 musicians on stage performing works by Bizet, von Suppe, and more! The event is this Sunday at The Plaza Theatre from 3-5 p.m. Tickets are $10 - $15 for students/seniors/military/music educators $15 - $32 for adults.

Marina Monsisvais will talk about the "We Will Rock You Film Series" and giving away tickets. Tonight's movies include Sid and Nancy at 5:30 p.m. and Gimme Shelter at 8 p.m. Tickets are $2 and movies show at Union Cinema West.

Win tickets by emailing your answers to trivia questions to We will announce the trivia questions on air, so be sure to listen in or stream the show at KHRO 1150 AM or

Thursday, March 25, 2010

3.25.10 Today’s Guest

Today on “The Lisa D Show” we’ll feature a live interview with Sito Negron. Currently a reporter at the El Paso Inc., Negron has been a longtime contributor to El Paso’s media community as an investigative reporter, editor with publications such as The El Paso Times, Stanton Street Weekly, The Las Vegas Sun and

Recently Negron lost his mother Susan Klahr to cancer and she leaves behind her husband David and sons Sito and Arlo. Susan Klahr was a prolific painter and art teacher at UTEP, and will be honored with a retrospective at the YISD Fine Arts Gallery, Galeria Senecu. More information on this Friday’s reception is at the bottom of this post.

Today’s interview with Sito will focus on his career, how he will honor his mother’s legacy and his plans to continue to provide El Pasoans with compelling journalism projects. In addition to being a personal friend of mine, Sito and I have worked together on numerous projects and we will conduct today’s interview in a loose and easy fashion. If it gets too chummy and you feel left out, call the show at 915-8804376 and reign us in!


The YISD Fine Arts Gallery, Galeria Senecu, 8455 Alameda, EP,TX 79907, will be showcasing "Susan Klahr: A Retrospective" from March 25-April 23, 2010. The Opening Reception will be this Friday, March 26, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. There will be acoustic guitar and violin by Arlo & Aisling, and refreshments.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

3.23.10 Today’s Guest

In the El Paso Times Blog section, Fort Bliss military spouse Vivian Carraso writes about her daily living and reflections as a military spouse in her blog, "My Wedded Bliss." Carrasco and her husband, David, a career officer in the United States Army and their two sons live near Fort Bliss, Texas in the West Texas town of El Paso.

Since moving to El Paso in July 2009 from Fort Lee, Virginia, Carrasco has always maintained a very positive and holistic approach to her life in West Texas. This quote is from her first entry: “When you look back and reflect on your time in West Texas it won't be the dry heat you consider as much as the relationships that you have had the opportunity to build while you're here. Those relationships start with you; extend to those within your reach and finally those outside of your home's safe walls.”

Today we'll talk about Carrasco's military life, tips on how to acclimate to El Paso and ten signs you are a military family living in El Paso.

To read more of Carrasco’s blog, visit

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Monday, March 22, 2010

3.22.10: Today’s Guests

Today we’re talking with several authors and the publisher from Stanley Publishing Company. A locally owned and operated publishing house, Stanley Publishing will host an event this Friday night at the Percolator featuring it’s authors and current projects. On today’s show we’ll interview authors Martin Bencomo, Adrian Esparza and Dr. Neal A. Adams, M.D.

From the press release:

Stanley Publishing presents a celebration featuring three local authors: Martin Bencomo, Adrian Esparza and Dr. Neal A. Adams, M.D.

Get your copies of the beautiful children's book "Paloma Padilla", the unforgettable short story collection "Down With the Brown", and the valuable self-help book "Nutrition for the Eye" - plus have them signed by the authors!

The great collaboration between local favorites Aztec Zodiac and Mano Sol!


Percolator Cafe
217 N. Stanton (between Mills & Texas)
A variety of food and beverages (including wine & beer) will be
available for purchase


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Friday, March 19, 2010

3.19.10: Today’s Guests

Welcome to Friday and National Athletic Trainers’ Month. Today we’ll start the show talking with personal trainer Emilio Araujo III a member of Sun City Athletic Trainers’ Association is the local Athletic Trainers’ association. SCATA is a non-profit organization composed of Athletic Trainers’ (professional and students), Physical Therapists, and Physicians from the El Paso and Las Cruces area. SCATA’s goal is to inform the community about the importance of Athletic Training in education settings, Doctors’ Offices, Rehab Clinics, Corporations and US Military to name a few. This Sunday March 21st at Butterfield Trail Golf Course, SCATA will host its 5th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament. Be sure to listen in for more information on this unique fundraiser.

Next we’ll move on to our interview with author and editor Hara Estroff Marano. Marano penned the book “A Nation of Wimps: The High Cost of Invasive Parenting” where she attempts to ward parents off raising wimping, weak, whiny kids. Secondly Marano states that “Parental anxiety has its place. But the way things now stand, it's not being applied wisely. We're paying too much attention to too few kids—and in the end, the wrong kids.” Are you raising wimpy kids? Find out today on "The Lisa D Show."

To learn more about this book and Marano’s writing, visit

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

2.18.10: Today’s Guests

This Thursday we’ve got a packed lineup. We’ll start the show talking to Jan Wolfe about “Be My Baby,” a production at the El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana Ave. Call 915-532-1317 for reservations. Adults $10, seniors $8, students and military $7.

Show synopsis: An irascible Scotsman and an uptight English woman, both middle aged, take on a journey of a lifetime when they must jointly care for a for a newborn child their wards are adopting from America. A wonderful romantic comedy and a perfect date show.

Next we’ll talk to some of the members of EPTV, El Paso’s premiere entertainment and culture television/web show. EPTV aired a pilot during the summer of 2009 and are ready to launch their first season.

This Friday night at Medallions on Texas Ave., attend the press party premiering EPTV’s launch. The party will feature swing music, El Paso's many talented artists and media guru's and much more! RSVP to: or call 915-355-2020.

Also, we’ll hear from our friend Al Soto, host of the weekly segment “There’s nothing to do in El Paso”. Al will call from a pay phone in Downtown El Paso and list upcoming events worth your time.

Tune in from 1 - 2 p.m. on KHRO 1150 AM or stream the show from Call the show @ 915.880.4376.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Madama Butterfly, Thursday, March 18

Madama Butterfly / Thursday, March 18, 2010 – 6:30 PM

Dr. Michael A Tomor, EPMA Director will give opening remarks and an introduction to the featured artwork. Following this, two arias will be performed: Un bel di and the Flower duet. Both are arias in Italian from Madama Butterfly, composed by Giacomo Puccini (Italian) between 1900–1904. Singers Helena Ip and Samantha Morales, both sopranos, will be accompanied by Zeke Meza on the piano. All three singers are voice students currently enrolled at the University of Texas at El Paso Music School under the direction of Dr. Elisa Wilson, director of the UTEP Music Theatre Company. The performance will be set to the backdrop of an untitled wood cut (man in a kimono) by an anonymous artist which is a gift of Mr. F.M. Thomlinson in Memory of Mr. Matthew Tomlinson from the permanent collection at the EPMA.

For more information please call (915) 532-1707

Monday, March 15, 2010

Video: Nomkhubulwane

In this video, I am talking with Katie Updike, a friend of the artist Andries Botha and a major organizer in getting this sculpture from South Africa to the United States. Nomkhubulwane, a 9-foot-tall elephant sculpture made of woven recycled tires, is touring North America to highlight the plight of African elephants. Nomkhubulwane will be at the El Paso Zoo through March 26 in connection with the zoo's new Africa exhibit.

3.15.10: Today's Guests

Today on "The Lisa D Show" at the top of the hour we'll discuss headlines of the week and what's to come. Namely will discuss the New York Times and NPR coverage of the American consulate slayings this past weekend in Ciudad Juárez. From the New York Times, "Gunmen believed to be linked to drug traffickers shot a pregnant American consulate worker and her husband to death in the violence-racked border town of Ciudad Juárez over the weekend, leaving their baby wailing in the back seat of their car, the authorities said Sunday. The gunmen also killed the husband of another consular employee and wounded his two young children."

Later in the show we'll meet a robotics teams from Da Vinci School for Science. The Arts Robotics Team will be traveling to Dallas to the annual FIRST Robotics competition and is taking this opportunity to increase awareness of robotics and engineering in the community. We will talk with some of the members about FIRST Robotics as a life-changing experiences, and one not many people have heard of

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Friday, March 12, 2010

3.12.10: Today's Guest

Today's Friday edition of "The Lisa D Show" will feature an interview with investigative reporter David Crowder. Crowder has worked for El Paso news outlets such as the El Paso Times, Newspaper Tree and the El Paso Inc.

Live and in the studio, today's interview will cover topics like the violence in Juarez, the death of newspapers, Vietnam, St. Patrick's Day and more. Crowder has a sharp wit and amazing memory, making him fantastic radio material.

Tune in on 1150 from 1-2 p.m. or stream the show at

To join in the conversation, call 915-880-4376 or email

Thursday, March 11, 2010

3.11.10: Today's Show

We've got a great show planned for you today on "The Lisa D Show"! First we'll talk with Jessica Escalante, fashion writer and consultant from Escalante will discuss how to dress for a black tie event, benefit gala or opera without breaking the bank.

Also we'll talk with one of the students on display at the The 2010 Annual Juried UTEP Student Art Exhibition which opens tonight at the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, 5-7 p.m.

Cassie Davisson works in ceramics and has shown at the Brannagan Cultural Center in Las Cruces. Pictured here are her keys, each made of clay and fired with a flat finish. The juried exhibit featured some of the best students enrolled in art classes at UTEP.

And we'll talk to our friend Al Soto from a pay phone in Downtown El Paso about all the things there are to do in El Paso this weekend!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The "Porgy & Bess" Stars Among Us

If you haven't been yet, make time to attend the Art of Opera lecture series every Wednesday at noon at the El Paso Museum of Art. Today's presentation was on "Porgy & Bess" in time for El Paso Opera's concert suite this weekend at the Abraham Chavez Theatre.

In this video, during the aria portion of the lecture, Timothy Robert Blevins sings "I got plenty o'nothin'"

3:10:10: Win "Porgy & Bess" tickets!

Congratulations to all the winners so far! See you on Friday night at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. For those of you still yearning to win tickets, your question:

Name the town "Porgy & Bess" takes place in.

Email the correct answer to and win two tickets to opening night's performance!

For more information about the show and to purchase tickets, visit

Today, our guest host will be Maya Sanchez. Please take a moment to call her and welcome her back to El Paso, 915-880-4376. I will be at the Art of Opera Series with the "Porgy & Bess" cast from noon - 1 p.m. for the weekly lecture series in partnership with the El Paso Museum of Art.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

It's official!

Congratulations to everyone at the El Paso Opera who worked so hard to make the dream of this proclamation a reality! March is officially opera month in El Paso and in celebration, El Paso Opera is offering everyone 25% off tickets to this weekend's "Porgy & Bess" concert suite on Friday and Saturday night! Call 915-581-5534 to order tickets.

Thank you Mayor John Cook and City Council!

Win tickets to "Porgy & Bess"

Name the characters and the song performed here by Roland Burks and Geraldine MacMillian. Both singers will be performing at this weekend at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. For tickets, visit

Email the correct answer to and win two tickets to opening night's performance!

Monday, March 8, 2010

3.8.10: Today's Guests

Today we're talking to a very talented singer about his career. Luis Ramos was born and raised in El Paso, TX. He attended UTSA in San Antonio as a music major. His operatic debut was singing the small role of Yamadori in "Madame Butterfly" with the San Antonio Opera. He went on to perform with the San Antonio Opera in "Elixir of Love", "The Magic Flute", "Tosca", and "Carmen". At UTSA he performed the role of Eisentstein in "Die Fledermaus", Emile Debeque in "South Pacific", and premiered a role in Seymour Barab's "God's of Mischief". He is currently a a student at UTEP where he performed the role of Don Quixote in "Man of La Mancha". Ramos will sing as a chorus soloist in El Paso Opera's "Porgy and Bess".

Win Tickets to Porgy and Bess

Everyday this week we're giving away two tickets to the opening night performance of Porgy and Bess! To win, email your answer to and if you answer correctly, your tickets will be at will call.

Question: Gershwin's Porgy & Bess is celebrating what anniversary?

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Porgy & Bess Stars in El Paso!

El Paso Opera has flown in four singers to perform in "Porgy & Bess" March 12 & 13 at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Tonight at an intimate dinner party honoring opera underwriters, the stars performed several hits, whetting the crowd's appetite. Captured here is Baritone Timothy Robert Blevins singing "Old Man River."

For more information on this this special evening of Gershwin in Concert featuring the Porgy and Bess Suite, visit

Friday, March 5, 2010

3.5.10: Win Tickets to The Wiz

Be the first person to answer this question correctly and win tickets to this weekend's perfromance of The Wiz at Loretto Academy.

How does the Good Witch get around?

Email your answer to and WIN!

The play will have a live band with keyboards, guitar, base, saxophone, trumpet and drums, all directed by Cody Ritchey. Performance dates:
Thursday, March 4th, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 5th, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 6th, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

The shows will run at Loretto Academy’s Little Theater, located at 1300 Hardaway, El Paso, TX.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

3.4.10: Today's Guests

Featured on today's show, Loretto Middle and High school Theatre Department students are in the studios to discuss their 2010 Spring production of the musical "The Wiz."

From Loretto: "This is a fun musical for all teenagers to perform and watch as it provides a wonderful educational backdrop for students who must learn to integrate spoken dialogue, song, music and dance into a single play, in order to stage a high quality musical show. The cast is comprised of 23 actors, bringing together female students from Loretto Academy and male students from Cathedral High School. Productions crews in lights, sound, set, costumes and props, hair and make-up, publicity and advertising and house and tickets, are made up by another 30 students, all dedicated to create a top performance show for a demanding audience."

The play will have a live band with keyboards, guitar, base, saxophone, trumpet and drums, all directed by Cody Ritchey. Performance dates:
Thursday, March 4th, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 5th, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 6th, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

The shows will run at Loretto Academy’s Little Theater, located at 1300 Hardaway, El Paso, TX.

You can contact the Loretto High School office for information at (915) 566-8400 or the Theatre Director at Loretto, Ms. Veronica Santoyo, at (915)667-0003. Tickets are $6.00. All proceeds go to benefit Loretto’s Theatre Arts Department for further productions and theatrical education programs.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Wednesday's in March

Every Wednesday in March "The Lisa D Show" will be guest hosted by Maya Sanchez. After living in Los Angeles for several years working as a producer, Sanchez has moved back to El Paso to start a family business. (I'll let her explain it all on the air.) Sanchez and I used to work as news producers at KTSM Newschannel 9 and I am confident she is going to bring interesting minds and a great show to you every Wednesday.

Where will I be? As part of my duties marketing the El Paso Opera, I will be attending a weekly free lecture series at the El Paso Museum of Art. Here's how Doug Pullen of the El Paso Times explains it: "El Paso Opera has been doing a lot of cross-pollenation since David Grabarkewitz took over as artistic director last year. The ever inventive AD's latest is a collaboration with the El Paso Museum of Art, which will help EPO celebrate Opera Month in El Paso with a series of free lunchtime lectures. The "Art of Opera" lecture series kicks off at noon March 3 at the art museum. It will feature UTEP students Helena Ip and Samantha Morales, who will sing two arias and a duet from "Madama Butterfly," which will be staged by EPO March 10, 12 and 13 at the Plaza Theatre, its first full-fledged opera production in nearly two years."

The lecture will also feature a presentation by museum director Michael Tomor on works from the museum's permanent collection that inspired operas like Madama Butterfly. Both the opera and the El Paso Museum of Art are dedicated to outreach that appeals to audiences of any age, so feel free to bring your students and grand parents.

3.2.10: Today's Guest

Today’s featured guest is Ho Baron, sculptor and El Paso native. We’re going to discuss his upcoming show this Thursday at the Union Exhibition Gallery, Gods For Future Religions "Surreal Sculptures by Ho".

We'll also talk about Ho's career, government funded arts programs, the art scene in Santa Fe, how the world sees his work and so much more.

To learn more about Ho, do a Google search and you’ll come up with some information like this:

From Wikipedia
Baron's surrealistic bronze, "The Free Thinker," is on permanent display at Baltimore's American Visionary Art Museum. Baron also has pieces in the permanent collections of the El Paso Museum of Art, the El Paso Museum of Archaeology and a permanent public art sculpture, A Novel Romance, at the El Paso Public Library

My sculptures are fun and funny, and they are a satiric visual representation of my world view. They are anthropomorphic creatures, they are grotesque fantastic icons, and they are "gods for future religions." This sculpture is but a peak into my spectacular world, my life's work of more than 300 sculptures.

See you at:
Gods For Future Religions "Surreal Sculptures by Ho"
March 4, 7 p.m.
Union Exhibition Gallery

Monday, March 1, 2010

Info: MCAD Cultural Funding Application Workshops

As discussed on today's show with Ben Fyffe from MCAD, individuals interested in securing ANY funding for creative projects from MCAD, must attend one of two workshops below.


Mandatory for ALL applicants - Attend one of the two sessions ONLY for the program for which you are applying. Please call 541-4481 with questions or email

Cultural Funding Application Workshops March 3 or April 7

Application Assistance Workshops City Hall, 2 Civic Center Plaza, 7th Floor Conference Room

Operational Support Program & Capacity Building Program
AM Session - 9:00am
PM Session - 5:30pm

Project Support Program & Capacity Building Program
AM Session - 9:45am
PM Session - 6:15pm

Community Arts Program
AM Session - 10:30am
PM Session - 7:00pm

Artist Incubator Program
AM Session - 11:45am
PM Session - 7:45pm

3.1.10: Today’s Guest

Starting of the show, we’ll talk to our friends Chris Babcock about news of the week and the final moments of the Winter Olympics, namely Canada’s 3-2 victory over the USA for the Gold medal in hockey.

Then we’ll talk to Lisa Garibay of Largetc about an exciting FREE seminar on how to write a business plan for your creative business. The seminar will take place at the Percolator on N. Stanton, Wednesday, March 3 at 5 p.m.

Tune in from 1 - 2 p.m. on KHRO 1150 AM or stream the show from Call the show @ 915.880.4376.

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