KTEP Local

Dennis talks with Benjamin Reyes of PLFAG; Veronica Garcia of the Paso del Norte OUT Fund; Victorio Rodriguez & Sonny Ibarra of Pathfinder; and Alexander Wright of El Paso Playhouse.  Their respective organizations are coming together to present the Larry Kramer play “The Normal Heart.”  A benefit performance is set for June 25, with regular performances scheduled June 26-27 at 8pm and June 28 at 2pm, at the El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana.  

Louie Saenz talks with Carlos Tarin, Matthew Magee, and Katherine Alanis of the UTEP Forensics Program.  The program excels in teaching students persuasive and informative speaking, interpretation of literature, and other skills that could increase the chances of success after graduation. The Forensics Team has won local, state, and national championships.  

  Daniel & Tim talk with Ben Holden, co-author with his father Anthony Holden of the collection "Poems that Make Grown Men Cry: 100 Men on the Words that Move Them."  Filmmakers, artists, and actors such as Stephen Fry, Nick Cave, Daniel Radcliffe, and Christopher Hitchens are among the 100 men who shared their stories behind the poems that offer up a wellspring of emotions.  https://www.facebook.com/makemencry

Daniel & Tim also talk about the poems that make them emotional.  Tim reads an excerpt from Jimmy Santiago Baca's "Crying Poem," and Daniel shares audio of Corinne Clegg Hales reading her poem "Bigger."

Aired June 21, 2015.

The transformation of downtown El Paso takes another big step when the El Paso Community Foundation, the City of El Paso and Artspace Projects break ground on the Artspace El Paso Lofts, an exciting mixed-use development for artists and creative businesses that will be located in the heart of downtown El Paso. 

As a late starter in Ballet, today’s guest took his first class at age nineteen. Alejandro Herrera, from the El Paso Conservatory of Dance, knows firsthand how important it is for boys to be allowed to pursue their love for dance at an early age.  

In part 1 of the program, Dennis talks with Estela Reyes, Media and Public Information Officer for Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, about the upcoming 22nd annual Father’s Day Community Health 5K Run/Walk.  The event begins at 7:30am on June 20, and takes racers through El Paso’s Segundo Barrio.  Estela also talks about La Fe’s plans to commemorate National HIV Testing Day on June 27, 11am-3pm, with an open house of the La Fe Care Center, 1505 Mescalero.  Information: 915-772-3366, or visit La Fe on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CentroDeSaludFamiliarLaFe

In Part 2 of the program, Dennis talks to Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack and Vianney Rodriguez about their new book “Latin Twist: Traditional & Modern Cocktails.”  The book offers recipes, pictures, and the history of the signature cocktails from 18 Latin American countries and Spain.  Yvette & Vianney are also the authors of the “Muy Bueno Cookbook,” and they will be signing copies of their books at the Barnes & Noble at Fountains at Farah on June 20, 2-4pm.  http://http://www.muybuenocookbook.com/

Aired June 13, 2015 

Louie talks with Kaye Mullins, Education Curator for the Centennial Museum & Chihuahuan Desert Gardens, about CAMP DISCOVERY, 3 educational & entertaining camps for children who will be enrolled in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades.   The campus are Digging Dinosaurs (June 15-19)...Culture Cruise (July 20-24)...and Kaleidoscope Kapers (Aug 17-21).  More info: Kaye Mullins 915-747-8994 or email http://kmullins@utep.eduhttp://www.museum.utep.eduhttps://www.facebook.com/CentennialMuseumandChihuahuanDesertGardens.

Aired June 12, 2015 

  Greg & Liz welcome back Victoria Moran, an inspirational speaker, holistic health counselor, and best-selling author whose latest book is "The Good Karma Diet."  She explains why we shouldn't knock "mock meats" such as vegan burgers or Tofurkey, and why vegans should embrace big, beautiful, colorful salads - you can eat a lot more while consuming less calories.  She also touches upon the current trend of avoiding the word "vegan," and shares some of the stories of people who have encountered good karma after having chosen a more compassionate diet.  http://mainstreetvegan.net/

Aired June 14, 2015

We Shall Overcome – A Juneteenth Celebration, happens on Friday, June 19, at the El Paso Public Library. The celebration commemorates the signing of the “Emancipation Proclamation” by President Lincoln in 1863 that ended the Institution of slavery in the United States.  Eternity Wauls and Monica Gomez talk about the event.

Seed of Benevolence features new work from local artist Diane Vera. Through the help of El Paso’s Caldo Collective, a non-profit arts grant committee, Vera combed the streets of El Paso to highlight the stories and experiences of local homeless individuals. Seed of Benevolence is now being exhibited at La Galeria De La Mision De Senecu through June 30th, 2015. 

Filmmakers, it’s that time of the year when Ghostlight Creative challenges you to create an 8-minute short film in the span of 48 hours. It works like this: Participants meet at Ghostlight Creative in Downtown El Paso on Friday, June 26th, each director randomly chooses a genre and then you are cut loose to create. This year, Ghostlight is also welcoming graphic designers to be partnered with a team and create a movie poster in 48 hours! Ray Sanchez of Ghostlight Creative provides the details.

  Bugs - are they a benefit or a nuisance?  It depends!  Most people have the "spray and pray" approach when it comes to bugs, but Denise & Norma talk about why it's important to identify the bugs invading your home or garden BEFORE you take any action.  Sometimes a blast of water will take care of aphids or spider mites, and hand picking tomato hornworms off your tomatoes is better than spraying a nasty chemical on your veggies.  To learn more about IPM, Integrated Pest Management, view this helpful handout: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/earthkind/files/2010/10/ipm.pdf.

Denise shares another helpful link to help you decide how to best use pesticides (http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/earthkind/files/2010/10/pesticides.pdf).  Or follow the Insects in the City blog at http://insectsinthecity.blogspot.com/.

Aired June 13, 2015.


Louie talks with Zita Arocha about the upcoming JOURNALISM IN JULY event taking place on the UTEP campus July 12-19.  Twenty area high school students will be learning about the media and multi-media opportunities available to them as they plan their careers in college and beyond.  Arocha is the director http://borderzine.com, a multimedia web magazine at UTEP that prepares Hispanic college journalists for jobs in 21st century newsrooms.

Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/borderzine and http://http://borderzine.com/.


Aired June 5, 2015 


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Dennis talks with David McQueen, Iris Acevedo, and Gloria Minney, massage therapists from the Edge of Texas Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association.  They talk about the hours that go into their training, and about the different types of massage in which they specialize, including Swedish massage, full-body massage, and rolfing.  Massage is not intended to cure medical conditions, and therapists often provide referrals to individuals who may have issues that extend beyond stress or sore muscles.

For information on the Edge of Texas Chapter of the AMTA, visit http://https://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Massage-Therapy-Association-Texas-Chapter/162372252575 or http://www.amtatx.com/.  David McQueen can be reached at http://www.mcqueensomatic.com, and Gloria Minney can be contacted at http://www.elpasomassagetherapy.com.   


Aired May 30, 2015


Louie talks with Rebecca Rivas, Assistant Professor in the UTEP Department of Theatre & Dance, about the Chicano/Latino Theatre Series, which is presenting performances of the children’s show “Señorita Cucarachita Finds a Husband”…the one-act play “Border”…a dance performance by Another River Interdisciplinary Ensemble…and poetry by local artist Celia Aguilar.  Performances are May 29 at the La Fe Cultural Center…May 30at Café Mayapán…and May 31 at the UTEP Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall.  All performances begin at 7:30 p.m.  Donations benefit the Student Scholarship Fund. Information: 747-6213, email http://adrianad@utep.edu.  Admission by donation. 


Aired May 29, 2015


Grab your dancing shoes and make plans to head over to Dancing in the City. The Summer series continues most Saturdays at 7pm through July 25th at the Convention Center Plaza. As if that weren’t enough, Music Under The Stars is also back in full swing! Ben Fyffe of Museums and Cultural Affairs, talks about putting these programs together. 

On June 12th & 13th, 2015, Wise Latina International will host its annual summit titled, Tapestry of Evolution: Strength, Power and Influence in Media. The event will feature presentations from screenwriter, Josefina Lopez; author, Sandra Cisneros and The Smithsonian Institute’s Director of The Latino Virtual Museum, Melissa Carrillo. Today my guests are Cemelli De Aztlan, Screenwriter Josefina Lopez, President and Founder of Wise Latina International Liz Chavez and Maria Malooney, Board Member of Wise Latina International.

The Glasbox is a community of artists, thinkers, makers, movers, and creators who share space and make life interesting for themselves and others. Recently, Glasbox took a giant leap forward with the  purchase of, and expansion into, a property in La Union, NM, to facilitate the continuation of The Border Art Residency and the establishment of a Co-creative Permaculture-centric Community Hub. Today, my guest is Chris Bevins, Director of Glasbox.

  Denise & Norma talk with Amber Carroll, County Extension Agent 4-H and Youth Development.  Carroll talks about the upcoming STEM Summer Camp presented by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, that features fun, hands-on activities that will teach kids age 9-12 (even though they won't realize they're learning!) about the environment, water stewardship, engineering, rockets, and nutrition.  The camp is July 13-18, 8am-noon, at the Ascarate Park Pavilion, 6900 Delta.  Sign up by calling 915-860-2515, or visit http://elp.tamu.edu/.

Aired June 6, 2015.

The El Paso Community Foundation has joined with El Paso Live and the UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance to bring Viva El Paso back to the picturesque McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre stage this summer.

The outdoor musical extravaganza, which chronicles 400 years of our history, will be performed each Friday and Saturday night from June 19 to August 8, 2015. Eric Pearson of the El Paso Community Foundation and Creative Director Chuck Gorden give us the details.

Author Dagoberto Gilb will be celebrating a homecoming when he comes to El Paso with Huizache, a literary magazine he founded in 2010. Gilb returns to El Paso to give a TED Talk at TEDxElPaso and also invites El Pasoans to join him for a pachanga in celebration of Huizache, the country’s premier magazine of Latino literature. The party, which features the release of the magazine’s fourth edition, will also host a live musical performance by acclaimed singer-songwriter David Garza. 

The Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens at UTEP presents a new exhibit, Engendering Community, that highlights the LGBTQ community of the El Paso/Juárez region.  The exhibit, done in conjunction with UTEP’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program, will be on display through September 19, 2015. Maribel Villalba, director of the Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens and Josh Lopez, MA student and research assistant preview the exhibit.

Louie talks with Roger Gonzalez and Yazmin Montoya about the newest department at UTEP, the Engineering Education and Leadership Department, and about E-Lead, the nation’s first engineering leadership bachelor’s degree.  http://http://eel.utep.edu/

Aired May 22, 2015

Noemi Rojas and Dennis talks with Sireesha Y. Reddy, professor & Vice Chair of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso.  Reddy specializes in pediatric & adolescent gynecology, and she talks about the increasing trend of early puberty among girls as young as 7 or 8.  It’s an issue that Noemi is having to confront with her own young daughter.  

Aired May 23, 2015

  Greg, Liz, and Tom talk with Nick Cooney, author of "How to be Great at Doing Good," a book which invites readers to examine their motivations for giving.  Are your donations based on purely emotional connections?  Or are you truly research how much good your donations are doing?  Research shows that donations to animal advocacy organizations go farther than other groups.  Learn more at http://www.animalcharityevaluators.org/.  Information on Cooney and his book can be found at http://nickcooney.com/.

Aired May 24, 2015

Known as the “Bicycle Priest,” Father Rahm made an impact on El Paso’s Segundo Barrrio that will not be forgotten. Recently, the jesuit priest returned to El Paso to be honored as the Segundo Barrio Person of the year. To commemorate this occasion, artist Jesus “Cimi” Alvarado was commissioned to paint a mural in honor of Father Rahm. You can visit that mural any time at the corner of El Paso and Father Rahm Streets. Today my guests are Paul Dipp, Segundo Barrio Person of the Year committee member, and Artist, Jesus “Cimi” Alvarado.

The Immaculate Conception incorporates Francisco de Zurbarán’s seventeenth century painting of the Immaculate Conception as a center point for discussion. This exhibition considers the various ways the Immaculate Conception has been portrayed in Mexican retablos and the influence that European paintings such as Zurbaran’s had on Mexican painters of the subject. The twenty-seven nineteenth century retablos on exhibut at the El Paso Museum of art all reflect, in terms of color and iconography, the specific devotional concerns mandated by the Catholic Church with a rich diversity of interpretation. The Immaculate Conception retablo exhibit is on display at the El Paso Museum of Art through November 8th, 2015. Christian Gerstheimer of the El Paso Museum of Art talks about the exhibit.


   The El Paso Master Gardeners are in full swing this Spring & Summer, conducting classes, workshops, and informative talks across the community.  From the Farmers Market at Ardovino's and Downtown, to Gardening 101 workshops, there are plenty of ways for you to learn more about gardening in harmony with the desert.  Norma & Denise give a full rundown of the activities, and you can learn more by calling the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at 915-860-2515, or visit http://txmg.org/elpaso/.  Find the Master Gardeners on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Paso-Master-Gardeners/148950588460436.

Aired May 23, 2015

Dennis talks with Brian Haddad and Michael Sifuentes about the St. George Feast of the Middle East, taking place May 30-31 at St. George Church, 120 N. Festival.  Every year, the festival encourages the community to take part in Greek food, music, and culture.  Information available at http://www.feastofthemiddleeast.com/, or by calling 915-584-9100 or 915-478-2570.  

Aired May 16, 2015 



UTEP's Department of Theatre & Dance is hosting a series of SUMMER THEATRE & DANCE CAMPS June 8-26. Students will learn about acting, the rehearsal process, ballet, choreography, and much, much more. Louie talks with Adriana Dominguez about the different camps for different age groups.  Connect with the Department of Theatre & Dance online http://http://www.theatredance.utep.edu/Site/Home.html and on Facebook http://https://www.facebook.com/pages/UTEP-Department-of-Theatre-and-Dance/132721790087612.  Information also available at 915-747-5118.

Aired May 15, 2015