Tuesday, March 1, 2011

New Radio Project: “On the Road with Lisa D.—Rediscovering America”

Hello Friends and Fans of "The Lisa D Show"! My new radio project launched this week and I am moving to a new show platform and web presence. Below you'll find the press release announcing this new and exciting project and I encourage you to follow the new show blog at http://ontheroadwithlisad.blogspot.com/.

2010 was a fantastic year on the air and I am so grateful to you for making the experience so fun. In 2011 I hope to be more mobile, more connected, as I explore and rediscover America. Come with me, as I think we'd make great travel buddies!

Facebook fan page: “On the Road with Lisa D.—Rediscovering America”
Twitter: OTRwLD
YouTube: OTRwLisaD
Email: otrwld@gmail.com

Press Release

Talk Radio Goes 4D via “On the Road with Lisa D.—Rediscovering America”

2.26.11 – Lauded border region talk radio host Lisa Degliantoni (Lisa D.) has launched a new radio project taking multimedia audiences all over the world on virtual and real adventures across America.

Using the latest digital and online platforms and content partners in all 50 states, “On the Road with Lisa D.—Rediscovering America” connects audiences no matter where they are to great spots around the U.S. via YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, Whrrl, text messaging, and more. Audience-generated content and reviews from fans on travel news & tips. provide a truly interactive experience for followers of the show, who can also take advantage of giveaways, intimate and off-the-cuff interviews with event organizers, tips from foodies, and just about anything else that can help them plan an excellent adventure.

"It's amazing just how much you can discover in the next town," says Degliantoni, former host of "The Lisa D Show" on 1150 AM Talk Radio in El Paso, Texas. "We're aiming to help Americans rediscover the exciting, diverse and picturesque travel options we have in our own 50 states while the power of the Web will give international visitors the chance to experience America in a whole new way."

Degliantoni launches this timely, technologically innovative project with more than 10 years of media experience. The last Managing Editor of Spy Magazine, Degliantoni has also revamped and maximized online, print and on-air media in the world's largest border community of El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. She served as Editor in Chief of El Paso Media Group, overseeing El Paso’s only monthly magazine El Paso Magazine and taking local news website www.newspapertree.com from a for-profit news outlet to a nonprofit news paradigm—the first of its kind in the market. A veteran of the airways, Degliantoni hosted talk radio shows “Charlando con la Gringa” and “The Lisa D. Show”.

“On the Road with Lisa D.—Rediscovering America” will stream online every Saturday from 5 to 6:00 p.m. Mountain Time at www.talkradio1150.com. The latest schedule, archived interviews, and news about the show can be found online at www.ontheroadwithlisad.blogspot.com. All media queries can be directed to 915-238-6624 or otrwld@gmail.com.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Press Release: El Paso Opera’s “Madama Butterfly” adds third show

Thursday, March 10, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 12, 7:30 p.m.
3rd SHOW: Sunday, March 13, 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Abraham Chavez Theatre

Due to popular demand, El Paso Opera has added a third performance to its “Madama Butterfly” schedule. There will be a matinee on Sunday, March 13, at 2:30 p.m. This is in addition to performances Thursday, March 10, and Saturday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. All performances are at the Abraham Chavez Theatre.

“Madama Butterfly” marks El Paso Opera’s return to grand opera, with full sets and costumes. “Butterfly” is also one of the most popular operas of all time. It’s been two years since El Paso Opera has staged a grand opera (“Magic Flute” was the last, in 2009), and audiences are in for a treat with an Emmy®-winning production and all-star cast.

But “grand” doesn’t mean elitist — at least, not in El Paso.

El Paso Opera artistic and general director David Grabarkewitz has made it his mission to bring opera to the entire El Paso-Juárez community, as well as to traditional opera patrons.

So he’s made sure that promotions for the “Madama Butterfly” reach a Spanish-speaking audience and most neighborhoods of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez.
And for the first time, El Paso Opera advertised on a billboard in Ciudad Juárez and established a toll-free phone number for ticket-buyers in Mexico.

The opera also stretched its Spanish promotion in El Paso to bench ads in the Mission Valley and the bustling East side. A Spanish-language billboard is visible on I-10 West at Lomaland.
“Opera for All!” has been the motto of Grabarkewitz’s mission, and El Paso Opera will continue its Opera for All series in advance of “Madama Butterfly.” Opera for All events run from 60-75 minutes and will feature performances by members of the “Butterfly” cast.

Opera for All performances will be presented in English and Spanish and are open to the public free of charge.

Opera for All performances:

• El Paso Community College Transmountain Campus, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2:00 p.m.
• Fort Bliss’ Freedom Crossing- Grand Hall, Sunday, Feb. 27, 5:00 p.m.
• La Fe Community Technology Center, 721 South Ochoa St., Tuesday, March 2, 2:00 p.m.

“Butterfly is a celebration of big, classical opera,” said Grabarkewitz. “It’s a great story for first-time opera goers. If you haven’t been to the opera recently, this is the perfect show to get re-acquainted.”
Grabarkewitz used his influence as the resident stage director for the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center to ensure the highest quality Butterfly production in El Paso.

“I requested favors from the amazing cast and designer, and we've put together a phenomenal show.” Grabarkewitz said. “We’ve assembled an internationally renowned cast that is second-to-none.”

Indeed, Grabarkewitz directed several of the principal actors in an Emmy®-winning telecast for PBS performed at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

“Its story holds themes very familiar to El Pasoans: a military serviceman falls in love with a young woman.”

Information: El Paso Opera 581-5534

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

El Paso Opera: 1/2 off tickets to Madama Butterfly

Today only, you can buy tickets to March 10th opening night of El Paso Opera's Madama Butterfly.

Click here to visit Busca El Paso to buy your tickets.

Visit www.epopera.org to find out more about the performance!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Neon Desert Music Festival Band Lineup

Neon Desert Music Festival annual music festival organized by Splendid Sun Productions held in Downtown El Paso, TEXAS. This event features local, regional, national, and international entertainers mostly in Indie rock, Latin Rock, and Electronic music as well as local Arts. The event has several stages, each playing live music continuously. The festival will take place Saturday April 30, 2011, at San Jacinto Plaza.

First 1,000 tickets are $25 each, cost goes up to $35 after that.

Check out the band lineup here, http://www.neondesertmusicfestival.com/#bands

CD Premier: World Premiere of the CD "Brahms"

El Paso Pro Musica 100 presents the World Premiere of the CD "Brahms," works for Cello and Piano featuring Zuill Bailey and Awadagin Pratt, Tuesday, March 1, El Adobe Recording Studios, 5301 El Paso Drive, El Paso, Texas. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. and features a special concert, cocktails and culinary delights from fine Chefs. For tickets call 915-833-9400

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Open Auditions for a Child Role in 'Madama Butterfly'

WHAT: Auditions for the role of Cio-Cio San’s son
WHEN: Sat., Feb. 19, at 2 p.m.
WHERE: El Paso Public Library Auditorium, 501 N. Oregon St.

El Paso Opera is looking for a child to play the role of “Trouble,” the young son of Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly). This is a non-speaking, non-singing role suitable for any child interested in theater; however it does require the ability to take direction.

We're looking for a child age 6-9 who is shorter than 52 inches tall. The child will appear on stage with Emmy-winning soprano Shu-Ying Li. Rehearsals begin in early March and will extend through the Madama Butterfly performance dates of Thursday, March 10, and Saturday, March 12. The Opera will contribute $500.00 to the Texas Tomorrow Fund (http://www.texastomorrowfunds.org/), a pre-paid college tuition plan, for the child selected to play the role. This will be a great adventure for one local child.

Auditions will be held Saturday, Feb. 19, at 2:00 p.m. downtown at the El Paso Public Library Auditorium. The library is located at 501 N. Oregon St.

Information: El Paso Opera 581-5534

Got the right shoes for your next marathon?

It's gotta be the shoes! Here are some foot wear tips for the 2011 El Paso Marathon from Chris Rowley at Up and Running. Learn words like pronate, stride and so much more.

Click here for more information on the 2011 El Paso Marathon.

2.17.11: Jewel Kade Jewelery Party at Pike Street

You're Invited to a JK Party

When: 2/17/2011 at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Pike Street Market207 E Mills Street El Paso, TX 79901

Company Profile

Vintage, contemporary, urban and romantic – Jewel Kade is a fresh take on timeless fashion. It’s worn by those who celebrate life, and those who treasure unforgettable accessories. Handcrafted quality. Intriguing embellishments. Eye-catching artwork. Exclusively from designer Janet Kinkade.

Founded by Janet Kinkade in 2008, Jewel Kade has quickly grown to become one of the nation’s premiere jewelry brands, already appearing on The Today Show, The Ellen Degeneres Show, and American Idol.*

Whether at fun, relaxing Home Parties, casual office gatherings, spontaneous get-togethers, or conveniently online, customers have the advantage of shopping for Jewel Kade through personal Stylists who know Jewel Kade and are committed to excellent service. And with JK’s flexibility, income and leadership opportunities, and sought-after products, Jewel Kade is an ideal career for Stylists across the country.

For orders, product questions, returns and customer service, please contact your JK Stylist. For other questions, contact the JK Corporate Office at info@jewelkade.com or 877-JWL-KADE.

*Citing media references does not imply endorsement of Jewel Kade products in any way by media, related production companies or related spokespersons/personalities.

Click here for more information

Monday, February 14, 2011

1,000 Free Tacos!

Help Shamaley Ford celebrate reaching 1,000 Facebook Friends! This Tuesday, the Taco Guy will be at Shamaley Ford giving away 1,000 tacos from 2-6 p.m.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Coveted Osaple Chuco-Chula Tee on sale at Klothes Lime

This crazy cute tee landed in my mail box recently from the tee shirt fairy! Created by the designers over at www.osaple.com, this tee is on sale for $15 at Klothes Lime located at 1805 Montana (Cotton), open Tues-Sat 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., 915-256-5942.

About Osaple!
OSAPLE (O-sah-pleh) is a cultural collective with the purpose of projecting El Paso pride. It's a new perspective which always keeps in mind that inherent form of cariño, where no matter how harsh it seems, you know it came from deep in the heart. Our culture is identified by this, adopting everything El Paso encompasses. Osaple simply projects it to the surface.

It's the good, the bad and the “¡ay guéy!” of who WE are and that which defines US. It’s the funny, serious, crazy, controversial and everything in between.

Osaple is a concept formed by a diehard group of El Pasoans who revel in what we are, love where we come from and proudly wear that pin of honor.

Walgreens Volunteers Clean up Scenic Drive

Today was the first clean up to kick off Walgreens, once a month, yearlong commitment to a cleaner and more beautiful El Paso. Walgreens Community Leader, Robert Alvarez, joined more than twenty volunteers from Walgreens to collect trash along Scenic Drive.

I grabbed this photo while making my way up the hill with a trash bag of my own. As a member of the Newman Park Neighborhood Association (which borders Scenic) I try to periodically do my part and collect trash around the neighborhood. What is so rewarding about Walgreens commitment to cleaning up El Paso is their interest in Scenic, one of the city's most trafficked routes for tourism, but a street that not all of the volunteers necessarily live by. Thank you to all the volunteers who showed up from all corners of El Paso.

Visit newmanpark.blogspot.com for news and information on upcoming clean ups along Scenic Drive.

Click here to read the press release announcing the partnership between Keep El Paso Beautiful and Walgreens.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Review: The New City Grille is Open for Private Dinner Parties

Just last week I was invited to the New City Grille for a dinner party and the invitation confused me, as they aren't open for dinner. Come to find out, our dinner party was a private event that included a hand-printed menu, a delectable cake made for the event and drinks by an outdoor fire pit following dessert. Lucky for our party and diners seeking a different and unique experience, Thierry Oppenheimer caters private dinner parties in her restaurant, at a very affordable price.

Our dinner party began with appetizers and wine in what normally serves as the smallest of three dining rooms in the restaurant. The party started with a chic spread of wine, Pellegrino, cheese, crackers, olives and prosciutto with melon, served by a very professional wait staff.

Following the appetizers we were seated at a dining table that ran the entire length of the restaurant and sat more than 20 people. At each place setting was a 35 card with the evening's meal written out, a classy touch that is the norm for wedding receptions. The table setting was simple yet elegant done in all white and silver, with small votive candles functioning as the main source of light.

Much like dinners served in Europe, the main course was served first, a light and delicious seafood lasagna, one of Theirry's specialties. The second course was a Greek salad served with very light vinaigrette, a perfect cleanser for the palate following fish. After clearing the salad plates, small glasses filled with caramel popcorn were placed every two people and orders for tea or coffee were taken, I opted to stick with my wine.

Before opening her "down town" restaurant, Thierry enjoyed a successful career as a professional baker, a job that led her across the United States and Europe. I first met Thierry at a cover shoot for El Paso Magazine where we featured one of her four tiered wedding cakes, certainly one of our most beautiful covers. Upon returning to El Paso after a long stint away, Thierry continued to make cakes and opened up the New City Grille south of Paisano. The New City Grille is home to delicious lunches and a very packed house.

Luckily for our party, Thierry baked one of her gorgeous cakes for dessert, which she showed to each guest, earning her a round of applause before the slicing and plating. The cake was a light and tart lemon cake with a lavender icing, an ideal compliment to the evening's fare.

After dessert the party was escorted outside to the patio where chairs were set up around a fire, already burning bright, where guests finished their wine and coffee before heading home.

The New City Grille is a perfect location for a private party (no more than 40) for you and your closest friends or colleagues. The dining area is intimate and the staff is friendly and very much a part of the evening's festivities. Pricing varies based on the meal and dessert and you can call Thierry (pronounced Terry) for a quote at 915.474.7777.

Living up to it's down town description, it's hard to fathom such a unique and intimate dining experience only blocks from the Santa Fe Bridge, in such a remote section of Downtown El Paso. Give it a try for your next private party, as the atmosphere cannot be matched and the food is divine.

New City Grille
504 S. Main Street @ Third Ave.
El Paso, TX 79901

Tembloroso Creative Labs Gives a Little Love to El Paso's Talent

Tembloroso Creative Labs wants to raise the profiles of visual artists living in El Paso, and they're going to do just that starting this Monday with the launch of www.tembloroso.com.

Tembloroso Creative Labs members Jim Ward, Kristine Ward, Armando Alvarez and Brandon Silverstein (all El Paso natives) are the team behind www.tembloroso.com, a website dedicated to creating a virtual community for El Paso visual artists and musicians, bringing awareness to a growing community of visual artists living and working in El Paso.

“With the talent and networks that our local artists have developed we felt like it was a good time to use our abilities to create a place where they can both sell their goods and increase their profiles,” said Jim Ward.

Tembloroso.com will feature an online store, artist profiles, daily blog updates, a calendar of events and more.

For visual artists and musicians interested in selling their work on www.tembloroso.com, use the contact us form available on the website. Says programmer Brandon Silverstein, "we will curate what is sold on the site and welcome artists and musicians to submit their work for review."

This Friday, you can meet the Tembloroso Creative Labs team at the official launch party taking place at Hope and Anchor.

You're Invited!
Tembloroso Creative Lab Launch Party
Date: Friday, February 18, 2011
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Location: Hope and Anchor, 4012 N. Mesa, must be 21 and over to attend

Meet the Tembloroso Creative Lab Team!
Armando Alvarez: Creative director and owner, Viva Creative Group
Brandon Silverstein: Web developer and owner, Impulse Development
Jim Ward: Musician, co-owner Hope and Anchor and Clap of Thunder Recording Studio
Kristine Ward: Creative Consultant and co-owner Hope and Anchor

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Vagina Monologues Needs Volunteers!

From The Vagina Monologues Staff

Volunteers get in for free, and this is what is needed: 2 ushers, 4 people to hold up posters, 3 people to handle V.I.P., and some crew men on Friday. On Saturday, we need 2 people to pass out programs, 3 ushers, 4 people to handle V.I.P., and some crew men. We also would like people to handle donations, but we need to fill up the other positions first. Here I've attached a description of the Vagina Monologues form the FMLA-UTEP facebook page. This year, we expect to have fire dancers and contortionist perform along with other entertainment. The play will be at UTEP's Magoffin Auditorium this Friday and Saturday. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the show will start at 7:30 p.m. I highly recommend this show. It's a show that consists of a whole variety of different monologues. Some are hilarious, some are touching, but all are educational in some way. My first time going was last year and I was blown a way by all that the show offered.

About the Vagina Monologues:

A SHOW YOU DON'T WANNA MISS! The Vagina Monologues is a play which is part of a larger movement to stop violence against women. The play deals with a wide range of the female experience and is an eye-opener for most males. Last year we raised over $14,000 with most going to the El Paso Child Crisis Center and 10% going to the City of Joy in the Congo. The Spotlight this year is Haiti due to the high levels of violence against women and girls, specifically the increased rates of sexual violence since the devastating earthquake that took place in January 2010. All funds raised through the Spotlight Campaign will be used to support a revolutionary national campaign in Haiti lead by a coalition of women activists - including longtime V-Day activist Elvire Eugene - that will address sexual violence through art, advocacy, safe shelter and legal services. 90% of the procedes will locally benefit the Reynolds Home ( a homeless women's shelter)! A silent auction will be held featuring local artists and vendors. Local non profits will be tabling and disseminating information. Help us reach our goal of $20,000 this year! Tickets on sale at ticketmaster.com and days of the show $10 general admission and $20 VIP seating.

Free: Free Tour of the El Paso Museum of Archaeology this Sunday

Museums & Cultural Affairs Department


For Immediate Release: February 11, 2011

Contact: Juli Lozano, Public Affairs @ 541-4010 or 472-1949

Free Tour of the El Paso Museum of Archaeology

Tour for Families with Elementary-School-Age Children

At 1:00 pm on Sunday, February 13, 2011

This free one-hour, docent-led tour of the El Paso Museum of Archaeology will introduce participants to the people of El Paso’s ancient past from the Paleoindians who lived here 14,000 years ago to the Mescalero Apache people of today. Visitors will also see prehistoric artifacts from several regions of México. To enjoy the gardens, wear suitable clothing, shoes, and sun protection.

Reservations are not necessary but contact the museum if you plan to attend, 915-755-4332; guidamr@elpasotexas.gov. www.elpasotexas.gov/arch_museum/

Please use the following caption with the attached photograph:

Manso and Suma Men Diorama, 2011


All the best,

Marilyn Guida
Curator of Education
El Paso Museum of Archaeology
4301 Transmountain Road
El Paso Texas 79924

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Book News: This Thing Called the Future by J.L. Powers

Press Release:

Back to the Future

A drumbeat wakes me. Ba-Boom. Ba-Boom. It is beating a funeral dirge.

This is not your mama's coming-of-age story. In a South African shantytown, 14-year-old Khosi struggles with poverty, disease and oh, there's a boy at school she has a huge crush on. This Thing Called the Future, the latest from Fulbright scholar J.L. Powers, pulls you right into Khosi's confusing, magical world, where ancient tradition collides with modern problems. Where the teenage anticipation of a first kiss or going away to college is marred by the deadly threat of AIDS. The threat hangs in the air, thick like an approaching storm, like thunder just in the distance. Ba-Boom. Ba-Boom. Ba-Boom.

Reading Ahead...

"A great achievement by J.L. Powers."—Deborah Ellis, The Breadwinner

This Thing Called the Future isn't due out until this spring, but we've got the first five chapters for you to read now! Learn more about Khosi, magical sangomas, mothers who must stay away in order to nurture their children and yes, that cute boy at school we mentioned. The sample chapters are available now on our website here, or you can click on the link below to access the sneak peak.

For more on This Thing Called the Future click here.

An alum of the Cinco Puntos offices, J.L. Powers is an historian on Africa and now owns her own independent publishing house. Click here to visit her author page and learn more.

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Click here to read the beginning of This Thing Called the Future

Press Release: Walgreen's Adopts Scenic Drive, help clean scenic drive this Sunday

WHO:Keep El Paso Beautiful in partnership with the local Walgreens, the City of El Paso, and the Hunt Family Foundation are working together to keep one of El Paso’s greatest assets, Scenic Drive, free of litter and debris.

WHAT:Walgreens is leading by example and giving back to the community by partnering with KEPB and the City to clean up Scenic Drive. This Sunday is the first clean up to kick off Walgreens, once a month, yearlong commitment to a cleaner and more beautiful El Paso. Walgreens Community Leader, Robert Alvarez, said it is important to give back to your community and participate in efforts to keep El Paso beautiful.

WHEN: Sunday, February 13, 2011 beginning at 10 a.m. until noon

WHERE: Walgreens volunteers will be meeting at 10 a.m. at the entrance of Scenic Drive at the top of Rim Road. The clean up will be taking place during Scenic Sunday when Scenic Drive is closed to vehicular traffic.

WHY: During the day, Scenic Drive offers an exquisite view of El Paso and Juarez. At night, it is lovely view of the unending lights from the stars, two sister cities and two different countries. Unfortunately, Scenic Drive is daily trashed with fast food bags, beer cans, plastic and glass bottles, cigarettes, cups, and plastic bags. As one of El Paso’s premier places to visit and take out of town guests it is extremely important to keep Scenic Drive pristine. “I am thrilled that Walgreens has come on board with KEPB. Their commitment to cleaning up one of El Paso’s greatest assets will have a positive impact on the quality of life for all El Pasoans. Hopefully this will start a trend that other businesses will follow.” said Katherine Gunter-Palafox, Executive Director of KEPB.

If you’d like more information about this event, or to schedule an interview, please contact Katherine Gunter-Palafox at (915) 472-2985 or at kpalafox@elp.rr.com

Design El Paso's Future at tonight's Comprehensive Plan Westside Charrette

Following the unanimous adoption of the Connecting El Paso Plan, the Dover, Kohl & Partners planning team is back in El Paso to focus on the City’s Westside! The upcoming two-week charrette will address the planning areas of Northwest, Central, Northeast and Fort Bliss. The first event is a Hands-on Design Session for the Central Planning Area on Thursday, February 10 (5:30pm – 8:00pm) at the Bowie High School Cafeteria. Additional Hands-on Sessions, an Open Design Studio and Public Presentations will be held throughout the next two weeks.

To learn more about the Comprehensive Plan Charrette and view a detailed schedule of upcoming Charrette events, please visit www.PlanElPaso.org. We have also set up a virtual town hall at http://townhall.planelpaso.org/ where you can share your ideas with your fellow El Pasoans and the planning team.

We hope to see you at some or all of the charrette events!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Voice Over Work: Cats and Dogs, the movie

One of the biggest benefits of working at a communications company is the exposure to people who have been in the industry for years - like Doug Bowe. Doug taught me how to do voice over work and periodically will throw me a bone and let me do a commercial. The above clip is a promotion I did for Blockbuster Video for the upcoming Blue Ray release of the epic movie, Cats and Dogs. Although I did like the movie, I had to work pretty hard to feign this much excitement! All in a hard day's work.

Daily Deals on I'm Doing El Paso

If you're looking for a daily deal in El Paso, look no further than the website for I'm Doing El Paso (IDEP). IDEP recently launched a new section on their website called Deals, where every daily deal offered in the region is listed. Be sure to bookmark the page as it's a great resource, http://imdoingelpaso.com/deals/.

You'll notice the page features a lovely widget for the daily deal (which is near and dear to my heart) Busca Oferta. Busca Oferta is the first Spanish-language deal to enter the El Paso market thanks to Entravision Communications. You can visit Busca Oferta directly at http://buscaelpaso.com/.

Lunch: Madama Butterfly Preview Luncheon with The El Paso Opera

Guild hosts luncheon; arias on the menu

The El Paso Opera Guild will host its Madama Butterfly Preview Luncheon on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 11:30 a.m. Join us in the 17th floor Ballroom at the the Doubletree Hotel, 600 N. El Paso St. Reservations are $20. Free parking in the Doubletree garage.

On the program: David Grabarkewitz will give us the inside scoop on the March 10 and 12 production, and introduce us to many cast members. Entertainment will be “Amazing Arias“ by the stars of Madama Butterfly.

RSVP required by Feb. 23 to 915-581-5534.

Bring friends who love FABULOUS singing!

The good seats are going fast!

We've already sold hundreds of tickets to both performances. Don't wait till the last minute for this show. To get your tickets for March 10 or 12, call El Paso Opera at 915-581-5534 (toll-free from Mexico 01-1800-681-9250) or visit http://www.epopera.org/tickets/madama-butterfly.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Party: Tembloroso Creative Lab Launch

El Pasoans Take Charge of Music and Arts with Launch of Tembloroso Creative Lab

Proud El Paso creatives Jim Ward, Kristine Ward, Armando Alvarez and Brandon Silverstein have joined forces to create an online home base for El Paso visual artists and musicians with the February 14th launch of tembloroso.com. The new site will feature an online store, artist profiles, daily blog updates, a calendar of events, and more. Tembloroso Creative Lab will provide a worldwide voice for El Paso's talent.

“With the talent and networks that our local artists have developed we felt like it was a good time to use our abilities to create a place where they can both sell their goods and increase their profiles,” said Jim Ward.

To celebrate, Tembloroso Creative Lab will be shaking things up at their launch party on Friday, February 18, 2011 at Hope and Anchor, 4012 N. Mesa from 7p to 9p.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Entravision Communications launches Spanish language couponing

Entravision Communications launched the Spanish language daily coupon campaign today in El Paso, Busca Oferta. Buy your 50% off coupons starting today! Today's deal is 50% off at K-9 Dog Grooming in El Paso. Click here to buy the deal.

Click here to sign up to receive daily email alerts or text alerts.

Hey Ladies, sign up for the The Odyssey Program

Join other interested Odyssey Program students at a meet and greet this Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. at RCIC, 500 W. Overland, Suite 220.

The Odyssey Program, an eight month-long entrepreneurship program designed to teach women how to develop their own high-growth, scalable companies, is being recognized by the El Paso business community as a sign of awesome progress for the future of El Paso. The Odyssey Program will follow a rigorous and proven methodology in a supportive environment with 25 other aspiring women entrepreneurs. The program features speakers from the local business community as well as a network of program graduates. The Odyssey Program will provide the women entrepreneurs with three entrepreneurs-in-residence (EIRs). Throughout the program, these three women will serve as one-on-one mentors to help participants’ access capital, license technology, assemble an advisory board, and much more.

Program Overview
February 8 – September 2011
Tuesday nights from 6-9 p.m.

El Paso Community College
Administrative Services Building B
Conference Room 445
9050 Viscount Blvd.

If you, or someone you know would like to apply, please submit resumé and letter of intent describing why you want to be an entrepreneur to: ideas@innovateelpaso.org

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Homeless in El Paso: Mark

As told to me by Mark, parking lot on Mesa and University, Jan. 27, 2011:

Mark arrived in El Paso from Albuquerque recently, and he's one of the most visible homeless men in the city given his outfit. Mark wears a Santa Claus costume and Scooby Doo hat so that he can spread good cheer to all those who see him walking the streets. The outfit landed him on the front page of the Albuquerque Journal in December 2009. (I have yet to fact check that.)

These days Mark is busy raising $50 so he can buy an Easter Bunny costume and head back to Albuquerque by Easter Sunday in the hopes of landing back on the front page of the Journal. He is very excited to tell you his story and I promised him I would help him raise the $50 for his bunny suit.

If you see Mark on the street, please make a donation for his Easter Bunny suit and let him know you heard about him from Lisa.

Sale: Up and Running's great apparel sale

This is the last weekend Up and Running's great apparel sale. Buy more, get more..... 1st piece is 10% off, buy 2 pieces and get 20% off, buy 3 pieces and you get 30% off. Today buy a pair of shoes, mention this post, they will throw in a free pair of socks! Westside Store - 3233 N. Mesa, Suite 205, Eastside Store - 10600 Montwood

Just in time for the El Paso Marathon, www.elpasomarathon.org.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Recipe: Southwestern Quiche

This quiche began its life in the Loretto Flavors...then and now...Cookbook, published in 1978. The recipe, found on page 36, Southwestern Quiche was submitted by Barbara Summers Dobbs of Decateur, Georgia. I added an additional egg and about 1/3 cup more milk along with chopped grilled chicken to accomodate the larger casserole used. I substituted Comté and Dublin cheeses (Cosco) and Swiss for the Jack and Cheddar. The green chiles were fresh frozen, which Mary purchased at Ardovino's farmers market. Mike thinks the green chiles may be a hybrid of long green and jalapenos, which explains their heat. In any case, they are super hot and good.

Crust for 9" pie- add 1 teaspoon chile powder
3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese (subs. Comté, Dublin, and Swiss)
1/2 cup grated Monterrey Jack cheese
2 tablespoons finely chopped onions (subs. 1 large chopped scallion)
3 large eggs, lightly beaten (added 1 medium)
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper (eliminated)
1 1/2 cups half and half (increased to 2 cups)
1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chile
(I used the chopped roasted fresh frozen chiles, about 9-12, to make about 3/4 - 1 cup.)
1 small can sliced ripe olives (eliminated)
3/4 cup chopped grilled or boiled chicken breast (added)

Mix cheeses together. Spread on bottom of pie shell. Mix other ingredients and pour over cheeses. Bake 40-45 minutes at 350 degrees until knife comes out clean (or is set).

Note: I pre-baked the pie shell at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. Later, I baked the quiche for 50-60 minutes and held in a warm oven (150 degrees or so) for one hour until dinner.


Recipe and content provided by Carolyn Rhea Drapes

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Jobs: Hacks/Hackers is launching a journalism jobs site

Hacks/Hackers is launching a journalism jobs site in the next few weeks and they’re looking for employers with jobs for tech-savvy journalists.

Hacks/Hackers, a grass-roots organization dedicated to the convergence of tech and journalism, has exploded since its founding last spring with nearly 30 chapters from the Bay Area to Helsinki. One of its founders is our very own Medill professor, Rich Gordon. Learn more about the organization at: http://hackshackers.com/.

Click here to visit http://hackshackers.com.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Press Release: Treasure Hunters Roadshow Looking for El Pasoans with "treasures"

Treasure Hunters Roadshow is looking for El Pasoans with "treasures!"

"Treasure Hunters" is a national TV show that airs on the Live Well Network and they will be filming in El Paso on Feb. 9, 10 and 11. The are looking for odd/eccentric collectors--it can be a museum, a place or just a regular person who collects stuff. As an example of the kind of thing they're looking for, they' ve done episodes on a person that had the largest Beatles Collection in the world, a spur collection, cowboy hats, restaurants that collected light fixtures, etc...

Attached is their release, we'd appreciate it if you'd please help us spread the word. Have a collection you'd like to share? Contact Nancy Reid at EZ Productions, 312-560-0542 or via email at nancy@ez3media.com

Visit Treasure Hunters Roadshow online at http://www.treasurehuntersroadshow.com/

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Lisa D. Archives: Stop! Put on a condom before you impregnate that woman!

This opinion piece was originally published in www.newspapertree.com, February 25, 2009. Click here to see the post.

One way to help end the abortion debate is for individuals to take responsibility for their actions and use a condom or the pill when having recreational sex so that abortion doesn’t have to be used as a form of birth control.


We can all agree that culture wars surrounding the abortion debate will never cool. Much like the legalization debate, any conversations about abortion go from zero to 60 in seconds, and the knives are out.

This week in the news, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst spoke in favor of SB 182 sponsored by Houston state Sen. Dan Patrick, which would require any woman seeking an abortion, to first have the opportunity to hear the heartbeat and see an ultrasound image of the fetus. Gov. Perry will soon speak in favor of this bill on the steps of the capitol in Austin.

When confronted with news items like this, I always fantasize about the news story I wish I was reading: "Gov. Lisa Degliantoni spoke out in favor SB 449, sponsored by Houston Senator Dan Patrick, which would require any man seeking recreational sex to first have the opportunity to put on a condom and not impregnate the women he is about to have intercourse with.” But headlines like that just don't get written, nor do laws like that get written let alone passed.

And why don’t laws like SB 449 get written? Maybe because the boys are in charge or they don’t like wearing condoms or women aren’t forcing them to use condoms before intercourse. Eight years ago, the Alan Guttmacher Institute surveyed over 10,000 American women who had abortions. Nearly half said they hadn’t used birth control in the month they conceived. Ten percent said their partners had objected to it. Three percent said they had thought it would make sex less fun. (Op-Ed Contributor: This Is the Way the Culture Wars End By WILLIAM SALETAN, February 21, 2009, The New York Times.)

Granted I have nothing against recreational sex, nor do I think mandatory sonograms for women scheduled for an abortion are a bad idea as long as the government is going to pay for them, but I am opposed to the government meddling in the bedrooms of consenting adults because those adults are too lazy to use birth control. Our government shouldn’t waste time slapping the hands of lazy individuals using abortion as a method of birth control and this goes for the obese, the willingly unemployed and people who have taken on mortgages they can’t afford.

Our new president has been talking endlessly about personal responsibility and in his recent address to Congress, President Barack Obama said “What is required now is for this country to pull together, confront boldly the challenges we face, and take responsibility for our future once more.”

In the spirit of where this country needs to go, let’s take responsibility and move into houses we can afford, get rid of personal debt, exercise and maintain a healthy body weight and for gosh sakes, put on a condom before having recreational sex so leaders like Dewhurst and Perry can spend time on issues that matter like solar farms, education and health care.


I'm not always proud of the articles I published in my past, so when I actually find pieces that still speak to me, up they go!

I loved my job at www.newspapertree.com and I miss it everyday. Here is a link to some of the old stories I wrote with several others that got pulled into the search -

Houses for Sale in 79930: Copper and Piedras

This house is located on Copper and Piedras, listed for $174,000, 1,650 square feet, pool. There will be an open house on Jan. 31st, the real estate agent is Lupe Mata (915)584-3488.

Event: Q&A with Raw Food Chef, Dan McDonald

Tuesday, January 25 · 6:00pm - 8:00pm
1208 Texas Ave.

Have you been struggling losing weight? Tired of awful diets that make you sluggish? Tired of yo-yoing?

Would you like to change your life for the better by learning how to eat the most beneficial, most healthy, most AMAZING foods ever while losing weight and feeling great?

Dan "The Man" McDonald, nominated as The Sexiest Raw Foods Chef, Best Raw Foods Chef, Best Raw Foods Vlog, etc. is coming to El Paso for a ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME ...event on Tuesday, January 25th for a PERSONAL, INTIMATE and FUN two-hour Q & A session!

Anything you need to know about healthy, beneficial RAW foods way of life, Dan The Man can tell you! He is one of the NATION'S TOP Raw Foods expert chef and has important, life-saving advice that he wants to share with you! A message of hope, love, peace & health!

Here are some IMPORTANT links to check out, Dan The Man has saved people from Diabetes, illnesses, diseases and can save YOU, too!

With Dan's help, this man lost 200 lbs. and is no longer diabetic!

Here's his YouTube page FILLED with tons of recipes, love & hope!

Come one, come ALL! ♥

1208 Texas Ave.
6pm - 8pm
Veggies, fruit & beverages will be served.
All-ages are welcome!

We hope to see you there! ♥

Monday, January 24, 2011

Food Review: The Cuban Pressed Sandwich at Maracas International Food

Tucked into a small gas station in Canutillo, Ramon Ortiz works in a tiny kitchen serving up delectable Puerto Rican dishes. Ortiz claims his Philly is the best thing on the menu, I’m going to have a hard time ordering anything other than the Cuban pressed sandwich.


In a town where you can’t spit without hitting yet another “amazing” Mexican joint, restaurants serving International Foods are rare and good ones worth a repeat visit even rarer still. Blame it on a population that believes “the older the woman the better the beans” where traditional Mexican food can dominate the cuisine for decades in a home, the lack of diversity in food is a real issue/crisis in El Paso for diners craving dishes other than Machaca, Huevos Rancheros, Caldo, etc. That is why I recently spent an afternoon driving around Canutillo, past dirt cemeteries with wooden crosses, stray dogs and rows of trailer homes, in search of the genesis of a Facebook post that boasted that a “pressed Cuban sandwich made in a gas station down the street from the Outlet Malls was worth the drive.” (I frequently rely on Facebook for recipes, food recommendations and the chance to flaunt my dining experiences.)

Still lost in Canutillo, I turned the car around at the outlet mall and noticed a small sign in the dirt along the curb that read “pressed sandwiches” with an arrow pointing toward a gas station. Following the arrow, I quickly pulled into the parking lot of a gas station, where a plastic sign hung on one of the exterior walls with “Maracas International Foods” printed on it. I went inside and past the cashier was a former Subway Sandwich stand with Ramon Ortiz standing behind it. Friendly and very patient with my 13,000 questions, he broke down the menu, explaining I had to buy my drinks from the cashier (to include beer) and he would serve me at the section of tables when my sandwich was done. I ordered the 6” Cuban sandwich ($5.50) served with Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard, pulled pork and ham and garlic hash browns on the side.

I waited about five minutes for the sandwich and about halfway through Ortiz sat down at my table and wanted to know who I was, asking him so many questions. We introduced ourselves and found our similar East Coast personalities refreshing, striking up a quick conversation surrounding my love for his Cuban sandwich and his customers desire for more Mexican food on his menu. “I had to add burritos to the menu because so many people asked for it, despite what was on my menu. Finally I started giving away samples of the Cuban sandwich and customers were hooked. Now I can’t get them to order anything else,” says Ortiz.

Ortiz and his wife moved to El Paso from Florida six years ago and being a self proclaimed workaholic, Ortiz now works seven days a week running the kitchen at Maracas and catering to several businesses during lunch. He’s busy but loves the work and if the pressed sandwich is a window into the pure bliss that lies in the flavors of the other items on the menu, I have a lot of time to spend at his table.

The Cuban pressed sandwich includes all the typical ingredients but adds several extra ounces of delicious pulled pork, something Ortiz is not stingy with at all. The bread is coated with just the right amount of garlic butter and puts a crisp texture on the edges. The juxtaposition of textures, warm crunchy bread with melted butter on meat in the middle with a salty burst of pickle, makes every bite divine.

Serving garlic hash browns as a lunch side might seem odd but it’s a perfect compliment to the salty and garlicky sandwich. After the meal, you’ll open a small plastic container of Boston baked bean candies that cut through the garlic, an unexpectedly refreshing treat. Or if you choose not to eat the candies you can just shake the beans in their container that makes the same sound as Maracas. Get it?

The Friday menu consists of Puerto Rican food only, serving up rice and beans and other delectable dishes that run you less than $10. If you’re like me, it will take several visits to venture away from the Cuban but Ortiz swears that “the ladies like the Sandwich de Bistec” - we’ll see if he can convince me to try it by summer.

Have you been to this restaurant? If yes, please add your comments on YELP! Visit my review here, http://www.yelp.com/biz/maracas-canutillo, and add to it.

Starting Jan. 27, visit www.923thefox.com Half Off store for 50% off gift certificates to Maracas International Foods. Click here to buy your gift certificate now.

Info: Maracas International Foods

911 Tolbert Ave.
Canutillo, TX 79835
(915) 877-7307
Mon. – Fri 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sat. 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sun. noon – 4 p.m.
$5 - $10 per meal

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Event: Grand Opening and Family Day for the Exhibit The Threads of Memory

Museums & Cultural Affairs Department


El Paso Museum of History Presents Grand Opening and Family Day for the Exhibit The Threads of Memory: Spain and the United States (El Hilo de la Memoria: España y los Estados Unidos)

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

2:00 to 4:00 PM


Experience the excitement as the El Paso Museum of History celebrates the grand opening of this once in a lifetime exhibit, The Threads of Memory: Spain and the United States (El Hilo de la Memoria: España y los Estados Unidos) at this free Family event. Activities will include period sword fighting demonstrations by the Society for Creative Anachronism, calligraphy or writing with a quill pen, doing straw art, making an old globe miniature to take home plus more. Children and adults can try on reproduction period clothing and armor such as the early settlers would have worn plus handle reproduction 17th century weapons such as muskets and swords. There will be re-enactors wearing costumes of the period and a possible special appearance by early explorer Cortes.

At 3:00 PM there will be a special bilingual performance by Teatro Paraguas of “The Peralta Proclamation.” This is not a play but a dramatic costumed reading of one of the documents that will be on display in the exhibit where Pedro de Peralta receives his orders to take over Juan de Oñate’s failed efforts to colonize New Mexico. This company performed for the Prince and Princess of Spain during the 300th Anniversary celebration of the founding of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

On this day only, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy a special tour of the exhibit by Falia González, Chief of the Conservation Department of the Archivo General de Indias and visiting curator.

All activities will be free and open to all.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Fundación Rafael del Pino and is co-organized by the Archivo General de Indias (General Archive of the Indies) and the State Corporation for the Spanish Cultural Action Abroad (Sociedad Estatal para la Acción Cultural Exterior, or SEACEX), in collaboration with Spain’s Ministries for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and Culture.

Images courtesy of Crawford MacCallum, Teatro Paraguas and the Archivo General de Indias, Seville, Spain

The El Paso Museum of History exists for the educational benefit of the community and visitors. It promotes the understanding and significance of the rich multicultural and multinational history of the border region known as the Pass of the North

For more information, contact Sue Taylor at (915) 351-3588 or taylorsl@elpasotexas.gov.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Workshop: 10 Minute Play Workshop Time Change

From the Border Theatre:

The time of the 10-Minute Play workshop has been changed to 3-5 PM. This time seems more convenient for interested parties. The First workshop will be January 29th and they will run on the last Saturday of every month until July, when we will have a public reading of the works. All pieces may potentially be performed as part of our annual short play showcase in August.

Remember the workshop is completely free and all you need is a pencil, paper, and a passion to tell a story.

Thank you and hope to see you there.

Austin Savage
Artistic Director - The Border Theatre

El Paso CVB: Meet Maggie Miles

From the CVB: For all those that have wondered who Maggie Miles is, here's a quick update. Maggie Miles is a runner here in El Paso who has dedicated her personal time to share the highs and lows of her training as she prepares for the El Paso Marathon on March 6, 2011, presented by Michelob Ultra and Jarritos. So whether you run, walk, bike, cycle or swim, follow Maggie Miles to keep you motivated and stay on top of your game.

Register today!
Click here to register to run the El Paso Marathon 2011 or visit https://elpasomarathon.org/register.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Protest: Tom Brown Book Signing Protest

Join El Paso For Equality tomorrow as we protest outside of Barnes and Noble West during Tom Brown's book signing, Saturday, January 15 · 11:00am - 2:00pm
. El Paso and Barnes and Noble must know we no longer will stand for bigotry and hate. We must stand up, be heard, and let everyone know that EQUALITY is afforded to all.

It must be known, to all parties including Barnes and Noble, that free speech (including writing) is a fundamental element of our constitution however Tom Brown spews hatred towards gay and lesbians. Equally important as our 1st Amendment to free speech, El Paso For Equality stands for our 14th Amendment that ensures the Equal Protection Clause. This form of Equality must be extended to all people, including the LGBT community. Yesterday's injunction order, from an El Paso Federal Judge, further propagates and ensures equality in El Paso is and must be afforded to all.

Furthermore, El Paso For Equality, working with other local LGBT organizations plans to express OUR 1st Amendment Right to peacefully assemble and protest Tom Brown's book signing tomorrow at the Barnes and Nobles Bookstore at 705 Sunland Park Drive. If Barnes and Noble intends to promote selling his book, by allowing a book signing, and allow for Tom Brown's bigotry / hatred towards El Paso's LGBT community something must be done! We also plan encourage all LGBT organizations nationwide to boycott this bookseller if they are promoting his book by allowing a book signing. In our modern age, we have options and can patronize other businesses instead of Barnes and Noble.


For more information or to help, contact El Paso For Equality at 915.920.1849

Theatre: Out of the Closet & Into the Fire Volume II

“Out of the Closet and Into the Fire” features stories based on people, local & nationwide, that tell their comedic, heartfelt and painful accounts of coming out. Performance is Saturday, January 15. Dinner will be served at 7 pm, show begins at 8 pm. Tickets in advance are $38 p/p and $40 at the door. Cash bar will be available. Located in the Sunset Hall.

Saturday, January 15 · 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Location: Ardovino's Desert Crossing
1 Ardovino Drive
Sunland Park, NM

Flash Mob: 2 p.m., 1.15.11, Food Court, Bassett Place Mall

Today's the big day! 222 have signed up as of 6am Saturday morning.

Remember to just hang out near the food court at BASSETT PLACE MALL, not CIELO VISTA MALL. At 2pm someone will sound an air horn and then everyone will freeze for five minutes! Practice on a position so you can be ready. You can be scattered throughout the food court area only. If this goes well we'll begin planing these more often around El Paso! 222 would be a record for the state of Texas! Many are saying we cannot pull this off, lets show them El Paso can!

If you need any info text our hotline: 915-224-0411 make sure you "like" our page to receive updates on future flash mobs in El Paso! www.facebook.com/elpaso411

Dallan M
El Paso 411

Friday, January 14, 2011

Art Party: Tonight at 1208 texas ave.

it's at: 1208 texas ave.
time: 7pm-12am
what: art, music, booze
who: zeque pena, mitsu overstreet, jason lucero, miguel ibarra, tim razo & more!

this will feature some of the BEST local artists in town, in my opinion. and they will be selling their art. i would LOVE IT if you came (and brought some friends that are art collectors).

tim razo has sold some of his art to beck. and his art is IMPECCABLE. he has some AMAZING pieces! www.flickr.com/timrazo

Join this Fort Bliss NCO and run the 2011 El Paso Marathon

The El Paso Marathon is coming and it's time to get training. Take a listen to one of the runners in this year's race, he runs in 50 states and will be at the 2011 El Paso Marathon. Register today at www.elpasomarathon.org.

Support the Arts: Donate to INBAsion on KickStarter

David Flores, a founding member of the REZIZTE collective has put together a really great art event on Friday and Saturday of next week, January 21 and 22, with 13 crews from around the city (see photos and post on my page). Artists, DJ's and others are donating their time, the INBA art museum in Juarez is donating refreshments and a freshly painted wall that stretches around the museum and is highly visible in downtown Juarez, but the crews themselves have to provide the materials, and he's realized over the past week that many can't afford to do that.

We are trying to raise money for 150 cans of graffiti-quality spray paint, @ $5 a can that's $750 dollars. We are working with Making Graffity store in Juarez who are donating the special caps used by the artists in their work.

Can you help? $5 to donate a can/ $50 to support a "crew", any amount welcome.

Click here to donate to the project!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Sale: Happy Birthday Pifas Sale at Max Mina!

From Max Mina

Happy Birthday Pifas Sale tomorrow!

In honor of our employee's birthday three of Pifas' favorite designers will be on sale for 30% OFF!*

Get 30% OFF Kenneth Cole, Armani and Abercrombie & Fitch for Men & Women!...Plus starting at 5pm we will be serving wine from Star Canyon Winery until 7pm!*

*Offer can not be combined with any other offers. Offer valid January 14, 2010.

2609 North Stanton Suite B in Kern Place
El Paso, TX, 79902

Event Tonight: El Paso Marathon Presents a New Year’s Resolution Party

Resolve to be a Better YOU in 2011

El Paso Marathon Presents a New Year’s Resolution Party

Thursday, January 13, 2011

El Paso, Texas -- The El Paso Marathon Foundation is all about helping you become a better YOU in 2011--We’d love to be your new year’s resolution! To get you started on your path, we’ll be hosting an insightful clinic disguised as a party (shhh…) designed for potential 5k and half marathoners. Visit with us on Thursday, January 13th at Geske’s Fire Grill, 1506 Lee Trevino, from 5:30p to 7:30p and gain valuable information from nutrition and training experts designed to get even the most stubborn non-runners out and about. Being a “marathoner” has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

Whether you’re a curious “non-runner”, assembling a team or plan on meeting a personal goal by participating in the marathon, the New Year’s Resolution party is a great way to get inspired and get training. Meet like-minded individuals, get training tips, and have a great time. The El Paso Marathon will take place on Sunday, March 6, 2011.

Resolving to give back to your community? Come down to the New Year’s party and sign up to volunteer with the El Paso Marathon.

The El Paso Marathon organization continues to grow in strides each year. What started in 2006 with 1,100 runners has been on a healthy growth path--we’re expecting close to 4000 people to take to the streets in 2011!

New Year’s Resolution Party Info:

Date: Thursday, January 13, 2011

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Place: Geske’s Fire Grill, 1506 Lee Trevino

Admission: FREE

For more information please visit www.elpasomarathon.org

About Michelob Ultra

Michelob Ultra has partnered with key running and cycling events nationwide as part of the brand’s ongoing commitment to adult fitness and the sports of running and cycling. Michelob Ultra is proud to include the Michelob Ultra El Paso Marathon as one of these premier adult fitness events. Michelob Ultra sponsors over 40 such events across the U.S. ranging in size from 2,000-65,000 participants. With these sponsorships Michelob Ultra continues its commitment to promote fun, healthy and active adult lifestyles.

About the El Paso Marathon Foundation

The El Paso Marathon Foundation mission is to organize a first-class marathon that promotes health and fitness in the community, brings tourism to the region of El Paso and provides support to local and national non-profit organizations.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Volunteer: Gene Roddenberry Planetarium Docent Program needs your help

From the Gene Roddenberry Planetarium staff:

Greetings from the Gene Roddenberry Planetarium!

As you may know, we have recently started a docent program to help our student planetarium visitors get more out of their visit to our facility.

Unfortunately we have not been as successful as we had hoped in attracting volunteers to be docents. So, we are turning to our EPISD family in hope that maybe you know someone that might be interested in becoming a docent at the planetarium.

The workload is easy, the time commitment is small, and the satisfaction is great.
Docents guide students through the exhibits as well as help planetarium personnel with crowd control. Docents do not have to be "scientists." They just have to love helping our students learn and helping the community grow.

The Gene Roddenberry Planetarium host shows throughout the school year, and has shown more than 1 million students in the El Paso area the wonders of the universe in its 41 years of operation. Prospective docents do not have to have a background in astronomy or science in order to be part of the program.

Planetarium docents will help students understand the exhibits of the planetarium as well as help with questions regarding planetarium programs. Docents will assist in the planetarium during the days that classes are visiting. Typically, there are three shows a day during the school year. Docents may volunteer for all day sessions, or partial days. The schedule is very flexible. Volunteers will be part of the EPISD Volunteer in Public Schools program, and will have to go through proper screening prior to becoming part of the program.

This is a tremendous opportunity for organizations that have to meet community service hours or even retirees with a little time to spare. We are hoping that you can help spread the word, and that you may know of a person or group that could help with our program.

For more information, please have your prospective volunteers contact Andy Quintana @ 587-1172.

Or, you can direct them to our online volunteer sign up at: http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp765209.jsp

Thank you for your time!

Tim Holt
Director of Instructional Technology

Cory Stone
Planetarium Program Manager

Andy Quintana
Planetarium Docent Coordinator

Lunch: Taco Fridays at Entravision Communications

The Tacoholics Taco Truck will be at the Entravision Communications (5426 N. Mesa) parking lot today, 11 A - 2 P. Menu:
Tacos: $1.50 each or 4 for $6
Sirloin/Carne Asada
South Texan: Sirloin, Queso Fresco, Grilled Onions
Korean BBQ/Bulgogi: Marinated Sirloin, Asian Vinaigrette Slaw
Chicken Chimichurri
Cactus/Nopalitos: Cactus, Jalapenos, Tomato, and Onions; all grilled and topped with Queso Fresco

$2 each or 4 for $8
Chipotle BBQ Shrimp

Quesadillas: $2.50 Plain or $3.50 with Meat
All quesadillas are made with Asadero cheese and flour tortillas

Mexican Philly Sandwich: $6
6” Hoagie Roll, Sirloin, Long Green Chile, Onions, Mushrooms, Asadero Cheese, A-1 Cream Sauce

Thursday, January 6, 2011

What is art? And can it be wheat glued to a trash bin?

What a fantastic discovery on the trash bin outside of Hope n Anchor on Mesa - a Luca Libre mask made up of tons of tiny faces, wheat glued to the trash can. This artist puts their work up everywhere, is it art? What do you think?

1/2 Off Store: Good O'Days Classic Burgers

Visit the Half Off Store at www.923thefox.com and buy a $20 gift certificate for only $10 for Good O'Days Classic Burgers. Enjoy deliciously juicy burgers for 1/2 off! Good O'Days Classic Burgers is located at 12102 Montwood, in East El Paso.

Click here to buy your 1/2 off deal now or visit http://www.923thefox.com/half-off.php.

Event: Binational Independent Film Festival

Info: Documentaries at the Downtown Main Library at 5:15 pm FREE OF CHARGE. Films at UTEP’s Union Cinema at 7 pm. Again, the most affordable tckets in town - $2 for Seniors, Students, and Military, and $4 General Public. This year we have movies from: United States, Mexico, Canada, Chile, Argentina, and Ireland.

As always, every day at UTEP’s Union Cinema, there will be a talk with filmmakers after the 7PM Movie, and every other day at the Downtown Main Library after the Documentaries at 5:15, as well.

Click here to for the full schedule or visit this url: http://www.binationalfilmfestival.org/elpasoschedule.php

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Event: El Paso for Equality Fundraiser, Jan. 5th at Hope and Anchor

El Paso for Equality Fundraiser this Wednesday, Jan. 5th at Hope and Anchor

01.05.11 – El Paso for Equality invites you to join in an evening of fundraising and fun at Hope and Anchor, 4012, N. Mesa from 6 – 8 p.m., this Wednesday, January 5th. “Admission” to this event is free! There will be great door prizes, live music, and an opportunity to purchase our El Paso for Equality wristbands for only $1!

The evening will also feature a silent auction and we encourage you to bid on exciting items supplied by locally-owned El Paso businesses to include; Airline International, Crtyal, Eric Smith personal trainer, Erin Streater, Funki Munki, G2, Nonos, Ruby Lola, Salon de Beaute and more.

El Paso For Equality is a grassroots movement to ensure all El Pasoans are treated with equality regardless of the person’s actual or perceived race, gender, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender identity, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation.

For more information regarding this event, and to arrange interviews, please contact Lyda Ness at (915) 920 – 1849 or lydaness@yahoo.com.

Visit us online at www.elpasoforequality.com.

Radio Archives: Tom Brown Radio Interview on The Lisa D Show

From Pastor Tom Brown's newsletter:

Radio Interview
You can hear the spirited interview with gay-activist, Lisa Degliantoni and Pastor Brown by clicking here. Two days later, Lisa applauded a gay magazine that called Pastor Tom Brown a bigot. [Click here to read the Dallas Voice article by John Wright, "Now that he's screwed 200 out of health benefits, El Paso bigot Tom Brown wants to be left alone."] Since then Pastor Tom says he will not be granting interviews with her and the station anymore. Enjoy this last one.

Click here to listen to the interview.

News: Oprah Net Launches, Critics Respond

From The Hollywood Reporter
Oprah Winfrey launched her new cable channel at noon Saturday. So what do the critics have to say about it, now that it's all of a day old? The New York Times wrote that "OWN is a place where cynicism takes a holiday and mockery hasn't yet been invented." IndieWire.com weighed in that OWN "displays a whiff of spirituality, a huge amount of life-style fluff and a surprising layer of substance." It added that only die-hard Winfrey fans would like most of the programs that air on the network, which ranges from shows on cooking and how to unclutter your home to celebrity-themed series starring Sarah Ferguson and Shania Twain.

Salon.com called it a living monument to its creator's power -- and a celebration of her willingness to use that power as a force for good: "We won't just watch OWN; we will gaze upon it with awe and affection and marvel at the sweet magnificence of its founder."

Click here to read the full story.

News: Gay Characters Pop Up In Teen-Targeted Shows

From the Los Angeles Times
As it becomes more common for teenagers to realize - and then tell others - that they are gay or lesbian, there is also a growing number of teen characters on TV programs geared toward teens going through the same thing. The CW's "90210," which returns on Jan. 24, joins the ranks of shows like "Glee," "Gossip Girl," "Pretty Little Liars," "Hellcats," "Greek" and the new MTV series "Skins" in showcasing young, gay roles.

The takeaway in these shows is typically consistent: that you will be accepted for who you are. Jarrett Barrios, president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, pointed to the example of Kurt coming out to his dad in "Glee." "We see in 'Glee' in the father's response a very important role modeling on how to show your love for the child who just came out.

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Monday, January 3, 2011

The Lisa D Show hits the road in 2011 - literally.

Hello everyone and welcome to 2011! I am thrilled to announce some very exciting developments for The Lisa D Show this year. After spending 2010 in the radio studio, I am taking the show on the road with my trusty Flip camera. I will continue to interview the people who truly inspire me; artists, chefs, writers, entrepreneurs, etc. Using the power of Facebook (1,900 plus fans and friends) and the power of thelisadshow.blogspot.com (thousands of page views) I will continue to promote and highlight minds that shine! Thank you for an amazing 2010 on the air!

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