Bob Marley’s influence remains unparalleled, irrespective of race, color or creed. On our border, Marley’s music has influenced local musicians to create a blend of Latin and Caribbean sounds that have now been termed “Chicano Reggae”. Today, my guests are members from the Chucotown Rockers, a collaboration of musicians and artists from the El Paso/Las Cruces area who are coming together to honor the life of Bob Marley while raising funds for the Child Crisis Center of El Paso.
The El Paso Mission Trail Association will present their 26th Annual First Thanksgiving Celebration on Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25, 2015. Highlights include a Zarzuela concert featuring Opera UTEP, three historical reenactments of the First Thanksgiving, living history performances by the Camino Real players, and musical performances by Sabor, Exito and Los Allegres del Valle.
The Holocaust by Bullets is a traveling exhibit on the work of Yahad-in Unum and Father Patrick Desbois to uncover a silenced chapter of history in Eastern Europe - the mass executions of Jews and Roma as witnessed by their neighbors. The exhibit centers around photographs and eyewitness accounts from those villagers who watched these events unfold and have kept their stories to themselves...until now. Lori Shepherd from the El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center talks about the exhibit.
Norma & Denise welcome back John White, garden curator of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens at UTEP, to talk about the FloraFEST Native Plant Sale (April 25 & 26) and other FloraFEST activities. We'll hear about the different varieties of drought-tolerant and adapted plants available at the sale, as well as an Earth Day tour of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens with John White and a talk on plants that attract hummingbirds and butterflies with Lois Balin, both taking place April 22. The FloraFEST Lecture is April 24, and features Gary Nored, an avid photographer of the Big Bend. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/CentennialMuseumandChihuahuanDesertGardens.
Charles chats with fellow cinephile Oscar Garza about 2 films they recommend: "Danny Collins" starring Al Pacino as an aging rock star, and "It Follows," a horror film about a sexually-transmitted curse. Plus they offer recommendations for viewers who prefer watching films or TV programs on Netflix: the British drama "The Fall" starring Gillian Anderson, and the new Marvel Comics TV series, "Daredevil," the one NOT starring Ben Affleck.
The First Thanksgiving celebration didn't take place with the pilgrims in the East, but right here in the Southwest. San Elizario hosts the First Thanksgiving celebration this year, and Louie Saenz talks with Juan Pereira of UTEP Opera and George Cordova, President of the El Paso Mission Trail Association, about their collaboration to present a unique celebration including zarzuela, historical re-enactments, music, and more.
Art in the Garden Tour in Picacho Hills On Sunday, May 17th, visit 6 fabulous gardens in Picacho Hills and view the works of 18 artists. The tour is free and will be open from 11:00 to 4:00. Set your GPS for 1320 Picacho Hills Drive in Las Cruces. Stop in the commercial plaza to pick up a map. Watch for signs to guide you to the gardens and for tall red flags. The plants will range from container gardening, to roses, fruit trees, and vegetables. Plants are labeled for your convenience and master gardeners will be at each garden to answer questions.
Dennis talks with Beto Lopez, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement at UTEP; and Christian Corrales, Employer & Community Relations Manager at UTEP. They'll talk about the grand opening of the UTEP Centennial Plaza and the Lhakhang Cultural Center on April 18 from 10am-12:30pm. RSVPs are recommended, and the community is invited! Information: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dennis also talks with Domonique Bertolucci, author of The Kindness Pact: 8 Promises to Make You Feel Good About Who You Are and the Life You Live. Most of us are unkind to ourselves, and this book promises to help us build confidence and self-esteem, and feel good about the lives we lead. http://www.domoniquebertolucci.com/
Tom, Liz, and Greg talk with Mark Hawthorne, author of "Bleating Hearts: The Hidden World of Animal Suffering" and "Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism." When Mark decided he wanted to become an activist for animals, he found there were materials he could use for guidance. He interviewed over 100 activists from across the globe and is sharing what he has learned. Mark also shares how running with the bulls in Pamplona and an Indian retreat helped him on his path to veganism and activism. http://www.markhawthorne.com/
Louie talks with Ryan Saenz and Leslie Ramirez about the UTEP Medical Professions Organization, which provides support & information to the UTEP family about medical and health professions by providing opportunities for its members to interact with practicing professionals in each field. Weekly meetings take place Wednesdays at 5 p.m. each semester at the UTEP Physical Sciences Building. On Friday, April 10, at 5:30 p.m., the MPO hosts a Speed Mentoring event at the Mike Loya Building on the UTEP campus, allowing students to talk one-on-one with area physicians. Learn more about this event and the organization at https://www.facebook.com/groups/utepmpo/.
The UTEP Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens present the 2015 FloraFEST – NATIVE PLANT SALE from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26, at the Museum, corner of University Avenue and Wiggins Road on the UTEP campus. FloraFEST is the annual fundraiser for the maintenance and operation of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens and is the LARGEST sale of its kind in the region. Shoppers can purchase native plants and visit with local Master Gardeners and other plant experts for advice on how to care for their plants at home.
Seeds of warm season annuals, such as marigold and zinnia, can be sown directly into outdoor beds. Make sure to keep the seeded area moist until the seeds germinate. Mulching will help to retain soil moisture and will also discourage weed growth. Don’t forget to thin out the seedlings once they have three to five sets of leaves—crowding of too many plants causes them to be spindly and weak-stemmed.
Empty Bowls El Paso is a community art action to help eliminate hunger in the El Paso County that was started by the EPCC Student Art Society 11 years ago. Mary Scott and Violet Urquidez talk about this year's event to benefit El Pasoans Fighting Hunger.
The Neon Desert Music Festival, Creative Kids and MIMA music have come together to create Border Beats, a children’s music program that will launch this spring at Providence Memorial Hospital. Today we’ll learn more about the program and how local musicians can particpate.
After a nation-wide search, The City of El Paso recently selected Tracey Jerome as the new Director of the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and today, we’ll get to talk to Ms. Jerome about her vision for the El Paso arts community.
Denise & Norma talk with John White, garden curator for the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens on the UTEP campus. John gives us a sneak preview of the types of trees that will be offered at the annual Native Plant Sale taking place April 24 & 25 at the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens. Oaks, desert willows, Mexican buckeyes, and a whole lot more will be offered, with proceeds benefitting the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens. Visit the Centennial Museums and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens on Facebook for more information https://www.facebook.com/CentennialMuseumandChihuahuanDesertGardens
Louie talks with Johnnie Rivers and Jon Shapiro about The Battle of El Dorado. 3 historically Black colleges with outstanding marching bands will be coming to El Paso to compete at the Sun Bowl. Alcorn State, Mississippi Valley State, and Prairie View A&M will be putting on a show for the ages at The Battle of El Dorado, taking place May 2 at Sun Bowl Stadium. http://www.sportsxinc.com
Guest host Russ Chianelli welcomes Dr. Donald Moss, author of the book ALZHEIMER'S: MY JOURNEY TO A NEXT GENERATION TREATMENT. Moss explains how an chemical discovered in an old laboratory freezer led to the discovery of MSF, a potential cure for Alzheimer's. Despite the hope that this drug may bring, patients may never get a chance to take it due to obstacles in FDA approval protocols and patent law.
The 8th Annual Downtown KidsPalooza is happening today, March 28, 2015 until 5:00pm in downtown El Paso. This event is an all-day family event organized by the El Paso Symphony Orchestra with the support of their Family Fun Partners. We talk with Pam Kinley From the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and Andy Moran from the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra about KidsPalooza.
Mark Paulda is an El Paso based photographer with a passion for capturing bold and vibrant images throughout the world. While the rest of the world is still discovering Bhutan, Paulda is working to make his way back a third time. This time, however, he will be sharing his passion and talent with the Bhutanese and teaching them the art of photography to empower them to tell their own story.
Mother of Pearl Vinyl is now more than an all vinyl record store, they have just expanded to becoming an indie record label that recently celebrated the release of their first album by a band called Part-Time at an unofficial showcase at the South by Southwest music festival. Back from the celebration is Eddie Cepeda of Mother of Pearl Vinyl.
Denise & Norma welcome back Jan Petrzelka, President of the Master Gardener Association. Jan shares essential tips in growing a successful vegetable garden in containers. What kind of soil should you look for? What size container? What signs of distress will a plant display if it needs water? Plus, Jan & Denise tell us their favorite varieties of tomatoes and peppers. Need more tips? Visit http://txmg.org/elpaso/publications/growing-tomatoes-2/
Louie talks with Carolina Franco and Elisa Garrido, UTEP Art Majors who are representing the Tom Lea Institute. The Institute is hosting mural tours the last Thursday of each month, and the public is invited to view the history of El Paso through the eyes and art of Tom Lea. Tours meet at noon in front of the historic Federal Court House, 511 East San Antonio. Private tours are also available. The next scheduled tour takes place Thursday, April 30th at noon. Murals include Tom Lea’s “Pass of the North,” Carl Callejo’s “Our History,” and John Valadez’s “A Day in El Paso.” Tours available in English, Spanish, and French.
Louie talks with Brendan Reilly, MD, author of ONE DOCTOR: Close Calls, Cold Cases, and the Mysteries of Medicine. Dr. Reilly takes us on his medical rounds on a recent winter. He tells us the story of a cheerful Croatian grandfather with untreatable bladder cancer...his father who is the last stages of cancer...the mental decline of his mother...and the memory of a cold case that continues to haunt him.
Dennis talks with New York Times bestselling author, Dr. Barbara De Angelis about her latest book, "SOUL SHIFTS: Transformative Wisdom for Creating a Life of Authentic Awakening, Emotional Freedom, and Practical Spirituality." De Angelis explains why the vibrations we put out into the world are picked up by those surrounding us, and our inner transformations must be vibrational. As her website explains, SOUL SHIFTS is a "practical handbook for awakening, and a brilliant re-visioning of the journey of personal and spiritual transformation." Learn more about the book and Dr. De Angelis at http://barbaradeangelis.com/
Greg, Liz, and Tom welcome vegan chef Kristina Addington, the "Vegan Temptress." Kristina won an episode of Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen (http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/cutthroat-kitchen.html), and she used the winnings to buy her food truck, V-Grits. Kristina tells us about the challenges she faced on Cutthroat Kitchen, and the challenges she faced as a vegan in the South, where bacon and lard reign supreme! Learn more about Kristina at http://www.vgrits.com/ and https://about.me/VeganTemptress, where you can link to her Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!
(Today's closing music is A Tribe Called Quest's "Ham n' Eggs")