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EPWU continues to monitor low lake levels at
by the Ball Boy
Photos, videos share drought’s impact via social media platforms
Jacques Streeter has been on fire lately. He is really close to averaging 10 points and had a stellar 9 assists against Tulane on Saturday night. The Miners improve to 5-2 in conference play for the season. Tulanes leading scorer Josh Turner was held to only 9 points. Turner averages 17 points per game but was not affective in the paint this game. The Miners face Rice wednesday night and what should be an easy game for the Miners. Rice is currently 5-16 and 1-5 in conference play. UTEP needs to work on their rebounding during this game. The Miners then face Tulsa and that was a rebounding headache.
Tamir Jackson is the only Owl averaging in double figures(16.4). Julian Debose is close with 9.4 and those are pretty much the only fire power that Rice has this season. UTEP's current RPI rank is 77 and should continue to go up if they win all but 1 of their games. UTEPs big games left on the schedule are against Southern Miss and Memphis. Conference USA could possibly get an At Large bid if either Southern Miss or Memphis finish with well enough records. It was also announced recently that The Conference USA Tournament will be held in El Paso in 2014. This gives UTEP a great start to the newly formed C-USA. We can all still hope for a MWC invitation but as time goes by this is looking less of a possibility.
Photo Courtesy: Bureau of Reclamation
This photo, taken near Elephant Butte Dam on Dec. 26, 2012, shows that lake levels have recovered only slightly since last summer.
2.09.2013 VS Tulsa El Paso, Texas 2.13.2013 VS Houston Houston, Texas 2.16.2013 VS UCF El Paso, Texas 2.20.2013 VS Southern Miss Hattiesburg, Miss 2.23.2013 VS NMSU Las Cruces, NM
EL PASO – Elephant Butte Lake remains less than four percent full of water available to downstream users, including El Paso Water Utilities and its customers. While the number is telling, recent photos of the lake are even more striking. During the week of February 4-8, 2013, EPWU will dedicate its social media platforms to sharing photos and videos which demonstrate the drought’s impact on Elephant Butte Lake. In a typical summer, EPWU pumps half of its water supply from wells in the city. The other half comprises water released from Elephant Butte
Lake into the Rio Grande. However, continued drought in New Mexico and Colorado means less river water than usual will be available to El Paso. “El Paso Water Utilities plans to make up the difference by relying more heavily on well water,” said EPWU President & CEO John E. Balliew, P.E. “We’re preparing by drilling new wells and building new pipelines to more efficiently move that water around the city.” Much of the water stored at Elephant Butte Lake starts as rain and snowfall during the winter months in New Mexico
and Colorado. The on-going drought, temperatures, wind speeds, and even humidity in those regions dictate how much of that water eventually reaches El Paso, Balliew explained. “The bottom line is that we expect less river water again this year,” he said. “For now, it’s just too early to know how much less.” The region’s on-going drought should serve as a reminder of the constant need to conserve in our desert community. Visit LessisMoreEP.org for drought updates and information on how you can conserve water.
FORT BLISS, Texas—The Army Emergency Relief Campaign begins at Fort Bliss, Wednesday, Feb. 6 and continues through April 13. The official start is at 12 noon at the Centennial Banquet & Conference Center, East Fort Bliss. AER is the Army's emergency financial assistance organization and is dedicated to "Helping the Army Take Care of Its Own." Monies generated during the AER Campaign provide
financial assistance to active duty Soldiers, retired and family members during times of valid emergency need. It also provides interest free loans or grants to those who qualify for financial assistance. The guest speaker for this year's kickoff is the national AER director Lt. Gen. Robert F. Foley, U.S. Army Retired. Although the monies received are from local donations, the Dallas Military Community will be donating a
check for $5000 presented by Army retired Col. Ben Hobson, former Fort Bliss Chief of Staff. AER is a non-profit, charitable organization independent of, but closely associated with the United States Army, founded in 1942. The organization is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia.
For more information on AER, call 744-2559.
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It’s all about love
By Joe Olvera ©, 2013
Aliyah Isabel Garcia is only five years old, but, she already knows about love. Are you in love with anyone, we asked her? “Yes,” she replied. In love with whom? “Justin Bieber” Why him? “Because of the way he sings.” But, he already has a girlfriend, and her name is Selena Gomez. “That’s okay, I’m not going to marry him or anything. I just like him because of the way he sings.” Oh, so you don’t love him, you just like him. “Well whatever. But, I do know what Valentine’s Day is for.” And so do people all over the world, including, of course, El Paso. Also known as Saint Valentine’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Valentine, the unofficial holiday takes second place only to New Year’s Day as the day most observed by different people in different parts of the world. Observed on February 14 each year, it remains a working day for followers. However, it’s when the loved one comes home after a day of work that the fun begins. But, before the fun begins, a little history. For lovers both young and old, they have Chaucer to thank for turning what was a religious observance into one with romantic connotations when he wrote his “Valentines” in the 14th century. The first recorded association of Valentine’s Day with romantic love is in Parlement of Foules, written by Geoffrey Chaucer in 1382. He wrote: “For this was on Valentine’s Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate (English translation). Chaucer wrote his poem to honor the first anniversary of the engagement of King Richard II to Anne of Bohemia. Oh, yes, and they were both young, only 15. Since then, sonnets, poems, romantic verses and many other tomes of love have been written by, for, and about loved ones. Valentine’s Day cards, proclaiming a love for one another have been on the scene since the 19th century cast in so many different forms that they were cast in factories and sold around the world. Fancy Valentines were made with real lace and ribbons. In the United States the first massproduced Valentines made of embossed paper lace were produced and sold shortly after1847 by Esther Howland of Worcester, Mass. Thus, from greeting cards professing love, to all manner of gifts such as chocolate hearts wrapped in satin, candy hearts with romantic sayings such as “Roses are red, violets are blue, monkeys like you belong in the zoo.” Wait a minute, that’s not a romantic saying. But, anyway, Valentines’ Day has become such big business that the U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that about 190 million Valentines cards are sold each year. Half of those cards are given to family members – mostly children – not just husbands and wives. But, wait, it gets better. In the 1980s diamonds became a great gift for a loved one, mostly women. So, will Aliyah Isabel Garcia give a diamond gift to Justin Bieber? “No, I don’t even know what that is. But, I still love him.”
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Valentine’s Day hiring fair
FORT BLISS, Texas- Army Community Services and Team Bliss officials will conduct a Valentine's Day hiring fair, 9a.m. to 1p.m., Thursday, Feb., 14, at the Centennial Banquet & Conference Center. This hiring fair is open to military family members, retirees, active duty Soldiers, and Dept. of Defense ID card holders. You must present a DoD ID card at the event. The Centennial Banquet & Conference Center is located at bldg.11199, East Fort Bliss. Companies participating in this event range from America's biggest employers to smaller companies from across the region with jobs at many levels of experience. For additional information call 569-5838.
Buffalo Soldiers Presentation at Veterans Recreation Center
El Paso, Texas - The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will host a Buffalo Soldiers and Tuskegee Airmen Presentation in honor of Black History Month at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at the Veterans Recreation Center, 5301 Salem St. The event is free and open to the public.
**2013 Michelob ULTRA El Paso Marathon Press Conference Alert**
Michelob ULTRA Presents Donation to El Paso Marathon Foundation
El Paso, TX— As the 2013 Michelob ULTRA El Paso Marathon date rapidly approaches, the El Paso Marathon Foundation cordially invites you to a special check presentation ceremony by title sponsor: Michelob ULTRA at our event Press Conference, to take place on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 2 p.m. at L&F Distributing located at 6949 Market. Important Marathon information such as new start times, course descriptions and street closures will be provided during press conference following the check presentation ceremony. “Michelob ULTRA has been on board with the El Paso Marathon from day one. ULTRA is a great partner and title sponsor and we’ve enjoyed the success that their support has brought to the El Paso Marathon. We are thankful for their contribution. Through their support, we’ve been able to further our mission of organizing 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,” said Mike Coulter, Race Director for the El Paso Marathon.
Information - (915) 821-8909
Press Conference Info: Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 Time: 2 p.m. Place: L&F Distributing, 6949 Market.
“The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till”
WHAT: Pax Christi film series presents “The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till” This groundbreaking film is the result of a 10-year journey to uncover the truth behind the nightmarish murder of an innocent African-American teenager in Mississippi in 1955. WHEN: 3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 10, 2013 WHERE: Mother Teresa Center, 2400 East Yandell Drive, El Paso
ADMISSION: Free SPONSORS: Pax Christi El Paso and the Peace and Justice Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of El Paso INFORMATION: (915) 490-1451 or (915) 740-3962 Mother Teresa Center, at 2400 East Yandell Drive in El Paso, is the location. This series of films on topics related to peace and justice is sponsored by Pax Christi El Paso and the Peace and Justice Ministry of the El Paso Catholic Diocese. Admission is free.
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By: “Doppler” Dave Speelman
A Look Back at El Paso’s Annual Precipitation
I wanted to address our current drought and take a look at our recent annual precipitation. This past year, 2012, has been another below average year for precipitation in El Paso. In fact, the last four years we’ve been lamenting over receiving below average amounts of precipitation. Our average yearly amount is 9.43”.The last time we had above normal amounts of precipitation has been in 2008. I put together data over the past 42 years in El Paso. Below is the yearly amount of precipitation recorded at the El Paso International Airport. Our local airport is considered the official measuring site.
1970 – 6.06” 1971 – 7.24” 1972 – 9:00” 1973 – 7.53” 1974 – 13.95” 1975 – 6.21” 1976 – 10.14” 1977 – 5.50” 1978 – 12.57” 1979 – 5.84” 1980 – 7.31” 1981 – 12.63” 1982 – 10.97” 1983 – 7.99” 1984 – 16.17” 1985 – 8.16” 1986 – 12.17” 1987 – 10.94” 1988 – 11.06” 1989 – 7.26
1990 – 12.85” 2010 – 6.67” 1991 – 12.38” 2011 – 5.27” 1992 – 11.40” 2012 – 6.05” 1993 – 9.63” 1994 – 5.48” 1995 – 8.06” 1996 – 8.58” 1997 – 9.36” 1998 – 6.77” 1999 – 8.16” 2000 – 7.41” 2001 – 4.29” 2002 – 6.89” 2003 – 4.21” 2004 – 12.10” 2005 – 13.60” 2006 – 17.51 (Flood of 2006) 2007 – 10.14” 2008 – 9.88” 2009 - 8.68”
What was the least annual amount of precipitation El Paso has ever received?
A. 2.73” B. 3.90” C. 4.50” D. 6.11”
Answer: A – 2.73” back in 1934.
*All years indicated in bold are considered above normal
“Doppler" Dave Speelman is the chief meteorologist at KVIA-TV in El Paso. You can watch his forecasts at 4, 5, 6 and 10 pm on ABC-7 (channel 6 cable). If you would like Doppler Dave to address (explain) any weather issues you can email him at Dopplerdave@kvia.com.
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By JS Basnet A VOICE FOR OPPRESSED WOMEN EVERYWHERE This new novel raises awareness for women’s rights around the world
While the majority of women in the western world enjoys full freedom and rights, it is also too easy to see how quickly they could be stripped away. Any woman, regardless of race, status, or nationality, is at risk of falling victim to the inherent traps and pitfalls of a society. Still, there are voices speaking out fighting not only for their own rights, but the rights of those unable to speak for themselves. Author and women’s rights advocate, JS Basnet, writes about one woman’s struggle for freedom in her uplifting new novel, Joyice. Drawn from her own life in Nepal and her human rights research, Ms. Basnet tells the story of a young woman who finds herself trapped not only in an abusive marriage, but in a society that refuses to acknowledge her own dreams and desires. A story spanning the globe, Joyice speaks to anyone who has ever overcome difficult odds to break free and began his or her life again. “Joyice reminds me of my own struggles in life,” says Basnet. “She motivates me to fight against the corruption of our society and the hierarchy that has plagued and pushed women behind the veil of ignorance.”
Topics covered in Joyice include:
•Cultural differences regarding marital expectations in Western countries and South Asia •How to overcome a traumatic relationship though self-expression •The pressures on young women to set aside their personal goals, such as careers and studies, to become wives and mothers •Life as an immigrant, as the character Joyice flees to other countries to escape her abusive husband JS Basnet was born in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal and earned her BA at the University of Kathmandu. She moved to the United States over ten years ago and currently resides with her two sons in Gainesville, Virginia. Ms. Basnet has previously been published in South Asia Forum for Human Rights (SAFHR) with her article, “Girl Trafficking in Nepal: An Overview.” Joyice is her first novel and Ms. Basnet hopes to write novels about changing times, cultural dilemmas, and family values as she moves on with her intellectual endeavors. Website: www.jsbasnet.com Joyice is available in print from Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and www.jsbasnet.com
February 09,2013 at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino
Azucar will provide music for dancing at the tenth annual “Valentine Ball” to be held on Saturday, February 09th, 2013 , from 7:00 PM till Midnight in the Signature Showroom of the Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino. The tickets are $40 each, and include a three course sit-down dinner with several entrée options, served, from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM. For the first time this year, drink servers will be provided throughout the evening. Free valet parking, first come- first serve.For more information, log on to www.elpasofriendsofjazz.org . For ticket information, ticket sales, and table reservations call (915) 592-1357. If you plan to attend, call now. This event has sold out in prior years. Proceeds from this event benefit the El Paso Friends of Jazz Society’s Mary & Eddie Davis Scholarship Fund.
Pointing the way — Yes,
pointy toes are guiding the trendiest shoe styles this spring. After a few years of lagging behind rounded toes, footwear designers are making it a point to update both heels and flats. These shoes are a must to try on before buying. Comfort is still key whether you want to wear the latest trends or not.
Walk like a man —
Whether it's a spectator loafer or a lace-up oxford or a smoking slipper, the menswearinspired shoe is one of the season's favorite silhouettes, and most likely one of the most versatile buys for spring.
Getting tired of sweating out the cold weather in all those stuffy boots? Then just take a look at the latest shoe trends that are popping up this spring. They're delicious eye candy for winter weary soles. Here's a sneak peek at what the well-heeled will be wearing in the warmer days ahead:
Focus Architecturally speak- on ing — Build up your shoe collection with
new shoes that are pieces of sculptural art. Many of these shoes may also be decorated with embroidery, encrusted with jewels or decked out with ribbons and bows. You may be tempted to treat some of these artistically-designed shoes like pieces of art on display in a gallery, only in your own
Being transparent —
Want a pair of shoes that will go with just about anything no matter what color you're wearing? Then pick up a pair of pumps or sandals detailed with clear vinyl straps or Lucite heels. Get the vibe of the swinging 1960s with these fun see-through sandals that will instantly transform your wardrobe.
From chunky heeled sandals to stiletto heeled booties to pointed Lucite wedges, the heel is the focal point of many of spring's trendiest footwear. home or closet.
Shine on — Iridescent is the way
to step it up this spring. Think watery waves of blues, pinks, whites and coral that shimmer in a holographic patent leather pump. Very futuristic. Shoes also glisten in metallic hues of gold, silver and burnished bronze.
Mix it up — Footwear takes another cue from the art world this spring with designers using a mixed media approach combining lots of contrasting textured materials, colors and even prints to make shoes that make a bold statement. Think snakeskin with mesh, cutout leather and even lace.
Up to your knees — Forget those knee-high
boots you've worn all winter. What's a spring and summer fashion "must-have" shopping list without a pair of new sandals? The latest look this year proves to be the knee-high strappy gladiator sandals. What a great way to fight those winter shoe blues!
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Stuart Weitzman's up-to-the-knee flat gladiator makes a striking comeback this spring season in black nappa & gold nappa.
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'Tween 12 and 20 BY dr. roBerT wallace
It's Alcohol Having a Dinner Plan Is Half the Battle
"People often ask how much I spend on groceries each month. As you can imagine, my food budget has changed over the years. But one thing that hasn't is the fact that if I don't stick to a fixed amount for groceries, my good intentions will quickly fade away. "It is suggested that families with an annual income of $50,000 to $90,000 should budget 11 to 14 percent of their after-tax income for groceries. "For example, a family of four to six with an annual income of $75,000 would budget $500 per month on groceries. In today's economy, that can be challenging — but with eMeals it can be done. "Consistently saving savings from couponing that week. "So, what's the answer? Menu planning. "As my family grew and I went back to work, time became critical. This forced me to think realistically instead of idealistically. Dinner had to show up every night. I finally accepted that the best tool I had in my grocery saving arsenal wasn't coupons. It was consistent, realistic, practical dinner planning. "Meal planning allowed me to stay within my fixed grocery budget. Building a menu based on the week's grocery sales consistently translated into a working, frugal menu from week to week. "At eMeals, we believe that a doable, projected amount that can feed a family of four to six is approximately $11 to $12 per dinner. That's $360 for an entire month of dinner groceries, and is based on current prices and weekly sales. "If you have never created and followed a dinner plan from week to week, I encourage you to take on the challenge. You'll gain family time, sanity and control of your food dollars. With this realistic and predictable approach, your very own dinner table becomes a money saving tool waiting to happen!" money at the grocery Subscribers to eMeals pay about $5 to $7 a month to access their family-friendly, organized, seven-day dinner meal plans online, including easy-to-follow recipes and a grocery list that incorporates items that are on sale that week. There are 35 menu options, including low fat, low carb, gluten-free, clean living and vegetarian. EMeals estimates dinners will cost $75 to $85 per week for families, and $60 per week for two-person plans. For Everyday Cheapskate readers, eMeals is offering a 15 percent discount. Go to www.EverydayCheapskate.com/emeals15 and enter DEBTPROOFLIVING when checking out. Mary Hunt is the founder of www.DebtProofLiving.com, a personal finance member website. You can email her at email@example.com, or write to Everyday Cheapskate, P.O. Box 2099, Cypress, CA 90630.
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Is coming up with a consistent monthly food budget making you crazy? Or guilty? Or hungry? Jane DeLaney, the founder of eMeals.com and a friend of this column, puts things in perspective by sharing her experience with food budgets:
DR. WALLACE: I'm 19, and my
boyfriend is 21. We've been dating for over a year, and I really care for him very much. He is everything I want in a boyfriend. He is very kind, treats me like a lady, and we have a lot of fun when we are together. However, he does drink too much, and this is a big problem for me. He hardly ever drank when we first started dating, and I don't drink at all. Now he drinks when he wants to show off, and it seems that his alcohol consumption has gotten to a serious level. He drinks mostly beer, but I think he drinks every day. Many times, he picks me up with alcohol on his breath. I used to ride with him when I knew he had been drinking, but he insisted that he had only one beer and everything was under control. Now when I smell alcohol on his breath, I won't even go with him unless I do the driving. I always used to think of him as possibly my future husband, but not any more because it would be no fun being married to an alcoholic. He insists that he doesn't drink that much and has things under control. I think his drinking habit is out of control. Even if he doesn't drink a lot in a day, it does worry me that he drinks every day. I've never seen him drunk, but he gets "tipsy" pretty often. I need your advice. Should I have him choose between alcohol and me? —Worried, Lake Charles, La.
store isn't about the coupons, freebies or special gimmicks. Before I started menu planning, I'd find myself at five o'clock staring into my cupboard, which then led to a last-minute grocery run or the fast-food money pit. And we all know that a single fastfood bombshell can cancel out all the
WORRIED: Your worry is understandable. Your boyfriend definitely has a drinking problem. And, unfortunately, he's already made his choice. He may deny it, but he has chosen alcohol over you. It is imperative that your boyfriend understands that he has a drinking problem and needs professional counseling. You've got it right that it would be no fun to be married to an alcoholic. Stop seeing this guy until you're certain his drinking problem has been eliminated, if this ever does occur.
energY express BY MarilYnn presTon
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How to Play the Detox Game
Jade Mountain advertises itself as a techno-free sanctuary. It's
a luxury hotel in St. Lucia, and the open-to-the-outside spaces you stay in have no phones, no TV, no radios, no art on the walls and many subtle encouragements to resist the call of technology and relax into the tropical charms of Mama Nature. Swim in the warm waters of the Caribbean. Hike up a jungle mountain. Mountain bike through an 18th century French plantation just a few hundred feet from a small beach that serves the best mojitos in the world. "The secret is ... I use a blender," Andrina whispered to us one sunny afternoon during the 24/7 cocktail hour. It wasn't the only secret teaching of my adventure travel in St. Lucia, but it might be the longest lasting. Mostly, I learned things about surviving a seven-day, self-imposed, walkthe-talk regimen that began when I locked up my ever-present Apple Air and iPhone in my safe the day I arrived. As I wrote last week, my digital detox went surprisingly well. It helped that I'm a very wary consumer of Connectedness. So far, I've resisted Facebook and Twitter, and see no reason to beam my position to pretty much anyone who might be nearby and want to meet for a macchiato. So a temporary unplugging isn't as hard for me as it is for many. Still, there was fretting and addiction anxiety involved, and here's what I found most helpful: they can contact management, and a smiling member of the staff will find you. A digital detox isn't meant to be punishment, you know. It's supposed to be a cleansing experience, with a calming effect on body and mind, and knowing that you can be reached in case of emergency is an important piece of that peace of mind. — LEARN SOMETHING NEW. Getting through a digital detox is easier if you have another major distraction planned, and for me it was my first time mountain biking. Bike St. Lucia (bikestlucia.com) has carved 12 miles of easy-to-very-steep-expert trails out of a French colonial jungle plantation, making it one of the most unique and beautiful places in the world to fall over on a Cannondale suspension bike. It's not the bikes fault. I was timid at first, but thanks to the adorable Joevan's expert instruction, I made great headway pedaling up and braking down the little hills we encountered on the beginner's loop. I loved it, and I promised to return to the sport, to the island, to Andrina's mojtos. And next time, I won't even bother to schlep the computer. ENERGY EXPRESS-O! WHY MOUNTAIN BIKERS KEEP THEIR EYES ON THE ROUTE, NOT THE ROCK
“Whatever you look at, you hit.” — Joevan
Marilynn Preston — fitness expert, well being coach and speaker on healthy lifestyle issues — is the creator of Energy Express, the longest-running syndicated fitness column in the country. She has a website, http://marilynnpreston.com and welcomes reader questions, which can be sent to MyEnergyExpress@aol.com.
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— INDULGE YOURSELF. Where do
you go when you can't go online? That part is up to you. I read, wrote, rested, biked, snorkeled, did some yoga and, most mornings, amused myself by shooing pewees and finches off my plate of perfect mango and papaya, the price you pay for staying in a space that is entirely open to the outdoors. No matter where you might go to detox, surround yourself with distractions you enjoy, especially the human variety. A huge benefit of taking a digital detox vacation is that when you unplug from technology, you have the time, the energy, the healthy desire to reconnect to something else. Even better ... someone else. It's called intimate conversation. Face-to-face, side by side — assume whatever position you like, as long as it doesn't involve small screens and clicking keys.
— RECONNECT WITH NATURE.
What is it about being in Nature that counteracts the digital disturbance that overtakes us when we're plugged in? Those who report back from the wilderness all have the same story: Nature heals. Walk along the beach. Float in the sea. Listen to bellowing frogs, the size of your thumbnail; to raindrops falling on elephant-ear banana leaves. Slow down, and take it in. This time, I surrendered to the sacred architectural setting that is the signature of Jade Mountain's ownerdesigner Nick Troubetskoy. Next time, a tent in Yellowstone National Park.
— PLAN FOR EMERGENCIES.
Jade Mountain and its detox-friendly sister resort, Anse Chastanet, don't confiscate your cellphone, but they do discourage you from using it in public spaces. That alone is worth the price of admission. You can go online easily from various locations, if you want to. And if the outside world needs you,
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DEAR ABBY by Abigail Van Buren
41 1955 Frank Sinatra song 44 Facial feature 45 Conk out 46 Hills of Rome, e.g. 47 TV's Thing 48 Bones: L. 50 Four-time Indy champ 51 Pigeonhole 53 PBS benefactor 55 Torah holder 58 Tolstoy novel 64 Flax fabric 66 Ohio lake 67 Wall Street optimist 68 Potbelly, for one 69 Caught in the act 70 Sombrero feature 71 The Wind in the Willows character 72 Lip 73 ___ at Sea : Laurel and Hardy film 22 Speaks 26 Hash mark 27 Gush 28 Oahu greeting 29 Alice's portrayer 30 Shells out 32 Roofed stadiums 34 Giant ranch 35 Tee off 36 Poe and Pound, e.g. 38 Samantha's mother 42 Peril 43 Update an atlas 49 John Denver's ___ Song 52 Landlord 54 Chicago expressway, with the 55 As well 56 Norma Rae director 57 Sea speed 59 Length x width 60 Wanes 61 Ambience 62 Illegal block 63 O'Neill trees 65 Night before
READERS WARN TEEN TO AVOID BECOMING A PARENT TOO SOON
DEAR ABBY:Thank you for the compassion you showed "Wants to Be a Mom" (Nov. 24), the 15-year-old girl considering motherhood with her almost 18-year-old boyfriend. Having lost her dad at an early age and having a mother who prefers drugs over her daughter, must have made this young lady feel very unwanted. I understand why she might think a baby would give her the love she's missing. I applaud you for not judging her, but instead kindly helping her to understand the consequences of her potential actions. I wish her the best and hope she'll have the wisdom to realize how important an education will be for her future. With luck, in a few years she'll be a young adult ready to assume the responsibilities of being a parent. -- LINDA IN MICHIGAN DEAR LINDA: "Wants" was smart to write for advice before acting on impulse. She deserved a thoughtful response and not just a reprimand. Readers had much to say about her letter: DEAR ABBY: At 15, I had the first of my five daughters. By the time I was 20 I was raising the babies by myself. Would I do it all over again? Not in this lifetime! "Wants," your boyfriend is immature. He should finish school and get a job before thinking about children. You are only 15 and have your best years ahead. One thing that never crossed MY mind was how I would be able to support my child without an education. I learned the hard way. If you and your grandma aren't getting along, it's up to you to change your attitude. Grandma has more experience than you do in this world. Listening to her will help you avoid many of the pitfalls that I went through, and that you face presently. -- WAS THERE ONCE IN WASHINGTON DEAR ABBY: I had my first child at 21, and while I love my son there are times I wish I would have waited a while. I missed out on college and figuring out who I was and what I wanted to do. My son and daughter turned out to have special needs, so my life has been busy taking care of them. Please tell that teen that having a baby is not at all like it is in TV commercials. -- MARIA IN ILLINOIS DEAR ABBY: A mentor to teen boys told me that some of them deliberately try to impregnate girls so they'll have a "trophy" of how manly and virile they are. The more babies they help conceive, especially without having to be responsible for them, the more bragging can go on in the locker room. Every parent needs to know this behavior is going on. Some of these boys have punched holes in condoms and convinced a reticent girl to have sex -- then laughed at her and dumped her when she became pregnant. -NURSING SCHOOL STUDENT IN WISCONSIN DEAR ABBY: That 15-yearold's boyfriend's desire for her to have a baby seems like a control issue to me, and it will set the tone for their relationship. She needs to say no or she will most likely be under his power for the foreseeable future. I have seen this happen too many times with high school girls. -- FORMER TEACHER IN THE NORTHWEST DEAR ABBY: Some states will accuse the young man of statutory rape, and he could end up in jail and be branded a sex offender for life. And the girl will wind up with a baby, no education and no husband to help her. Children have no business having children. -FLORIDA READER
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By Holiday Mathis
week 2/07 - 2/13
to thrill you. This week, the source of your thrills will be surprising. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). The usual sights of your current life will mean so much to you in a few years that you'll wish you had pictures of the very ordinary views you see routinely now. Snap a few: the table at which you eat, your front door, your desk. Later, when things have changed, you'll have a bridge back to this time. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The natural order of things dictates a "no deposit, no return" policy. When you feel as though you got something for free, quite often it is the case that someone else made the deposit for you. Chances are, you know your benefactor and will give the deep appreciation that keeps you in good fortune's favor. THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: Each new month you become less afraid of the unknown. You'll get inventive and dance with life's mysteries. You'll spend money quickly through the next six weeks, but it all comes back to you at the end of May. A partner or mentor will help you realize your strongest path and lead you there through June. September adds spice to your social scene. Romance and adventure come in August. The best time to start a new business is in September. December brings a lump sum.
The Year of the Snake
The Aquarius new moon introduces the Chinese New Year of the snake. Have you ever seen a stupid cartoon snake? No. In the world of animation, snakes are depicted as capable and sophisticated charmers. The ancient wisdom is similar in that the snake is nobody's dummy; he takes care of business. A snake in the house means all will have plenty to eat. In the upcoming months, smart moves will bring abundance. ARIES (March 21-April 19). Beware: There will always be certain uninspired people around whose lives seem to meander along in a half-lived fashion. This week you'll do everything in your power to avoid that pattern. It's imperative that you surround yourself with people who are excited, enthusiastic, creative and progressive. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Some part of your reality just isn't working for you, and you'll want to change it. But what's the best way? It all depends on what you're calling "reality." Is it words? Is it sounds or images? You'll explore this week by changing your choice of verbiage, altering the soundscape or rearranging parts of your environment. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). There's much going on this week that depends on your ability to make contact and keep a tangible connection. Whether it's with your work or another person, there's no substitute for concentrated interaction. The autopilot solutions won't be good enough. You'll be luckiest when you show up in person. CANCER (June 22-July 22). When the dead-on perspective isn't making you feel any better, tilt your head and try to see the sideways view. The upsidedown view is harder to achieve, but more rewarding, too. You may take the need for altered perspectives figuratively or literally. Both ways will enhance your experience of the week. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Children often can't resist picking up the interesting bits of discarded life they find on the sidewalk, while many adults are so focused on where they are going that they don't notice those details. This week you'll be childlike in many regards, and you'll add to a collection because of it. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Were you to write a list of all of the habits and personality traits you've had in your lifetime, you would find that quite a few of them were temporary. This week you'll further prove the point by making a basic change in the way you operate. To make it to the next goal, these changes are a necessity. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Damage gets a bad wrap, but it's actually necessary. Some degree of wreckage will happen every time you want something new. In order to reconfigure your life to fit the new want, you must first do a bit of deconstruction. This week you'll find something to like, or even love, in the damaged bits. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). A work does not really become art until there is someone to experience it. So in a sense, the witness is also a collaborator who completes the work. This concept applies to many aspects of your life and relationships now. You'll notice that what you give is strongly influenced by the reception of others. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The locals think they know more about a place than those on the outside, but they often overlook the interesting details that stick out to those who are just passing through. This week you'll bring fresh eyes to someone's home base, and you'll appreciate the insight of anyone passing through your own scene, too. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The things that excite you are somewhat unpredictable now. Your unsuspecting nature is a key part of what makes them so exciting. So don't even bother to line up for the events that promise
Travel and advenTure
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Experience the Perfect Cup of Coffee in Experience the Perfect Cup of Coffee in
By Jim Farber
scale corporate agribusiness.
are as many subtle differences in the flavors of a fine cup of coffee as there are in a glass of the finest wine. And many of the terms she uses to describe those differences — robustness, finish, acidity, smokiness and fruitiness — are the same terms used at wine tastings. It is that level of sensitivity that has earned her the position of judge at coffee-tasting competitions around the world. Cafe Lucero is harvested in the volcanic mountains that rise to the east of Puerto Rico's second largest city, Ponce. The plantation itself is located in San Patricio, adjacent to the towns of Adjuntas and Jayuya. It is situated at 2,500 feet above sea level, where the rain is plentiful, the air is cool and the soil is rich, making it ideal for growing coffee. Getting to Cafe Lucero is, however, a challenge. It is about 60 miles from Puerto Rico's capital, San Juan, and 25 miles from Ponce. My group's Puerto Rican driver even got confused on the winding two-lane mountain roads. In the end we had to call for help, and Velazquez came and guided us to her front gate. From that moment on we were treated with hospitality that began with a walking tour that wound its way along the plantation's steep hillsides, where brightly colored coffee beans could be seen ripening. The focal point of the tour was the "factory," a metal-roofed building where several members of the staff were painstakingly hand-sorting recently harvested beans, separating them based on their color, ripeness and any impurities.
The Slow Food
movement has emerged as a worldwide force that advocates for a healthier, tastier, more sustainably grown alternative to fast food. Founded by the Italian culinary writer Carlo Petrini in 1986, the movement's 100,000-plus members in 150 countries strive to preserve traditional and regional cooking techniques while promoting the small, personally overseen farming of plants, seeds and livestock that protects local ecosystems. The goal is to promote local small enterprises that can produce healthier, more sustainable products that offer an alternative to large-
I recently visited a boutique coffee plantation, Cafe Lucero, where the care taken in growing, harvesting, sorting, roasting and brewing the perfect cup of coffee is emblematic of what the movement is all about. Located on 216 acres high in the verdant mountains of Puerto Rico, this family-owned plantation is tiny compared to the massive farms that supply coffee beans to mega-sellers such as Maxwell House or Starbucks. It is, in fact, a labor love that is overseen by co-owner and coffee gourmet Lucemy Velazquez. To her highly sensitive nose and trained palate there
The size of the staff is small, and the feeling is one of a family operation.
The planting, harvesting and roasting, Velazquez explained, is done under the most rigorous standards. "We control the entire cycle of the growing, from the ground preparation through the planting process up to the final packaging of the coffee," she said. "The planting and harvesting is done by hand to guarantee the quality of the coffee. And we use environmentally friendly machines to minimize the quantity of water we use. Then the wastewater is reused.
"In 2009 we received from the National Resources Conservation Service of the Department of Agriculture of the United States the South District Conservationist Farmer of the Year Award. We are very proud of that. Puerto Rican coffee has long been one the best of the world. Our goal is to implement the best possible agricultural practices to obtain the best possible product." Then it was time to make our
way back up the hill to the aromarich tasting room. But before were allowed to sip our first cup, Velazquez took time to describe the various stages the coffee beans go through, from picking and roasting to grinding and brewing. "Cafe Lucero is made with the best selected Arabica bean, which strengthen its flavor," she said, urging us to savor the aroma of a freshly brewed cup. Continues on next page
One of the delights of Cafe Lucero near Ponce, Puerto Rico, is its intimate tasting room. Photo courtesy of Jim Farber.
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U.S. Comes Up Short in Study of Health, Life Span
While there may be change in the future, we pay scant attention to health education, prevention and early detection of disease. Receiving adequate primary care is becoming more difficult: Many physicians will not see Medicare patients, and resources for the care of patients with chronic diseases are paltry. For teens and young adults, murders and motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death. Random acts of violence, teens with ready access to guns and the virtual prohibition of any research efforts to understand the breadth and depth of teen violence in general or gun violence in particular are inexplicable. Without a true understanding of the root causes,
wellnews BY scoTT laFee
A report published by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine shows that we are the unhealthiest developed nation in the world. In a study of millions of people, mortalities for the United States were compared to Australia, Canada, Japan and western European countries. Americans got the worst rankings in life expectancy and incidence of disease, irrespective of socioeconomic factors, access to insurance, sex or ethnic group. Only Americans over age 75 had a higher survival rate than their peers in the other countries. The report shows that we rank worst in infant mortality, injuries and murders (particularly gun-related deaths), along with teenage pregnancies, the prevalence of HIV and AIDS, substance abuse and drug-related deaths, diabetes, obesity, heart disease and stroke and longterm disability. First, let me say with absolute passion that I would rather be an unhealthy American than live in any other country. It's the land of boundless opportunity, freedom and potential for success; no wonder everyone wants to immigrate here. So how can we explain the fact that we are so unhealthy, despite having more health care resources than any other nation and more funding spent on health than anywhere else? Perhaps it is our commitment to freedom and self-determination that is the root of this problem. We are free to succeed, but if we don't, we are on our own, and there is not an adequate safety net to meet the needs of our population. Furthermore, our health care system is driven largely by high technology and acute care — with a strong bottom line focus.
strategies to resolve the problem are difficult to achieve. For individuals of all ages, socioeconomic factors and lack of access to health care contribute substantially to ill health as well as to the inordinate cost of treating uninsured individuals who receive care when their illness is advanced and in the most expensive setting — the emergency room. Evidence is slowly emerging that Medicaid expansion will not be the huge financial burden many states suspect but an economic bonanza leading to a healthier population, less-costly care and more job creation. But even among the most affluent, college-educated and wellinsured population, this report finds poorer health outlook. For
the rich, those annual "executive" physicals (intensive and wide-ranging, but with high out-of-pocket expense) that aim to identify and treat disease early are not of great benefit. Clearly, access to the highest quality acute care, at enormous cost, is not achieving our goal of a healthy population. In responding to this report, many experts in the field lay the blame on the individual who chooses not to live the most healthful of lifestyles, eating the wrong foods in excess, being too sedentary and living under a great deal of stress in the workplace and at home. There is general consensus that improving the health and well being of Americans is complex and multifactorial. Lack of insurance leading to an inability to access care, economic disparities and lack of gainful employment all take a huge toll on the millions who live close to or just above the poverty line. Here obesity, sedentary lifestyle and poor health habits are paradoxically the highest. It is cheaper to buy unwholesome foods, incentives to exercise are small, and smoking and alcohol consumption are too high. And for those Americans who are blessed with everything, their health care must turn away from the treatment of acute and chronic illness to lifestyle changes that help assure a happy, physically active and appropriately nourished population. This will allow us to live lives in which risk of illness is reduced, saving us financially and allowing us to compete on an even playing field with other nations whose approaches to health and well being are so much more successful than ours. Dr. David Lipschitz is the author of the book "Breaking the Rules of Aging." More information is available at: www.drdavidhealth.com
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Lucemy Velazquez, owner of Cafe Lucero near Ponce, Puerto Rico, explains the various stages of coffee-roasting. Photo courtesy of Jim Farber. Continued from page 9 "The selection of the beans contributes to the distinctive character of the coffee and its particular flavor. We vacuum-pack the coffee in resealable foil pouches that preserve the freshness. It's the combination of altitude, climate conditions, rainfall, soil quality, harvesting and perfectly roasting the beans that makes for a great cup of coffee. That's what growing specialty coffee is all about. Our goal is that our customers will enjoy our coffee as much as we enjoy producing it." Then she gave us a perfectly brewed cup of Cafe Lucero espresso to sample, and it was heavenly. The large coffee companies have some real competition on their hands.
One Flu Over ... Worse to Come?
Climate change is nothing to sneeze at. Indeed, if researchers are right, you might be sneezing more. In a new published study, scientists at Arizona State University say an analysis of flu and climate patterns in the United States from 1997 to the present suggests that warm winters are usually followed by heavier-than-normal influenza outbreaks. “It appears that fewer people contract influenza during warm winters, and this causes a major portion of the population to remain vulnerable into the next (flu) season, causing an early and strong emergence,” said study author Sherry Towers, a professor at the Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center at ASU. "And when a flu season begins exceptionally early, much of the population has not had a chance to get vaccinated, potentially making that flu season even worse." The current flu season may be a case in point: It began early and fiercely and still rages in parts of the country. It followed a relatively light 2011 season and coincided with the fourth warmest winter on record. According to studies, flu transmission decreases in warm or humid conditions. The authors speculate that if global warming continues, with warm summers becoming more common, the emergence of future flu seasons is likely to be more dramatic and perhaps more devastating.
WHEN YOU GO
Cafe Lucero, 46 Morena St., Playa de la Ponce, Puerto Rico; 787-848-8387, www.cafelucero.com. Tours are available and lunch can be arranged for group visits. Jim Farber is a freelance writer.
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A worker carefully sorts coffee beans by hand at Cafe Lucero near Ponce, Puerto Rico. Photo courtesy of Jim Farber.
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No Slouch at TV-Watching
Master suite set for viewing art (and TV) features a loveseat in place of the usual bench at the foot of the bed. Photo:Tony Soluri
There's no better time than January to think about giving yourself a little style therapy. After all, our outer appearance is a definite reflection of who we are and what we want to communicate to the world. So if you're in a style rut, now's a good time to express yourself in a new way. It's actually very easy to do your own thing and still reinvent yourself one stylish choice at a time. Here are a few ways to celebrate a new you in the New Year: Start with the little things. It doesn't take much to give yourself a new outlook on life. I think eyeglasses are one of the fastest ways to change your appearance instantly. There are so many new eyewear trends now that you're bound to find one that transforms your face from dull to delightful. I think the more whimsical looks, such as graphic optical patterned eyeglass frames, are one of the best ways this year to give yourself an automatic update. Reassess your hair. OK ... when it comes to that hairstyle we've had for the last 20 years, some of us just don't give up. But if you really want a style boost, consider getting a new "do," or at least changing your hair color. If your own hair stylist doesn't seem to be interested in helping you with ideas, it may be time to consult a new stylist and make a fresh start. Scope out someone with a hairstyle you admire and ask them for the name of their stylist. And unless you're a rock star reinventing yourself, going for a streak of hot pink may be going a little too far. Splurge on a new fragrance. Along with that hairstyle you've been wearing for the last decade, you may have also been spritzing on the same Chanel No. 5 since you were in high school. While we all have old favorites, it can be fun to switch up your Give yourself an updated look fragrance with a new pair of eyewear in a
stylish square shape or optical pattern. Shown: Eyewear from eyebobs (www.eyebobs.com)
Q: My new (second) husband insists on
watching TV in the bedroom. I guess it's better than having his huge (50-inch) flat screen in the living room, but I just hate lying in bed watching stuff for hours. The room's not big enough for his recliner. Any other ideas?
A: If your husband is a confirmed horizontal TV-watcher, be prepared to lose your battle in order to save your marriage. He may prefer to fight than switch to upright seating.
One simple solution comes from Clodagh, the New York designer who has often declared that she can save marriages through good design. Clodagh swears by headphones, so one spouse can watch (and listen) to his/her heart's content while the other can go about other pursuits, like reading, say. Chicago designer Suzanne Lovell offers another practical solution in the calm, quiet bedroom we show here. She provides an enticing seating area — a loveseat plumped with pillows — at the foot of the bed in lieu of the cliche bedroom bench, which is what is most often found there. Downsized and space saving, a comfortable seating space just might tempt your hubby away from viewing the screen through his toes.
Besides, in the hands of a pro like Suzanne, who is known as the go-to designer for clients who love good art, this bedroom is hardly designed for slouches. Note the art shelf that holds an ever-changing display of splendid blackand-white photographs (these include several of Aaron Siskind's well-known "Harlem Document" series). For other innovative ideas about art in many forms (except maybe the media of TV), have a look at her handsome book from which we borrowed this photo, "Artistic Interiors: Designing with Fine Art Collections" (published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang). Suzanne, who started her career as an architect with the modernist firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, has totally mastered the fine art of living with fine art.
than two small one," Chris advises. —Keep windows and doors visible (rather than hiding them behind curtains or screens). "Seeing the outside world can give the subconscious impression that one is in a larger space than just the room," Chris believes. —Ditto for doors. "Being able to see the door helps avoid the trapped feeling brought on by some small rooms." —Think vertically to relieve clutter. "Hanging things on walls is often the most convenient option," says the designer, who champions wall-hung shelves and also praises double-duty furniture, such as a bench that conceals storage and a chest that serves as a coffee table. For more of Chris' professional design tips for free, click on www.ccinteriordesign.com. Rose Bennett Gilbert is the co-author of "Manhattan Style" and six other books on interior design.
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wardrobe each year at the same time we switch out our closets. Don't be afraid to approach the beauty counter at your local department store to do a little research. Ask for samples and take them home to test them out. Be brave and experiment. You never know. You may really like Lady Gaga's newest perfume "Fame." I did! Step out in new heels. I know we've all been bootlegged this winter, but a new pair of gorgeous heels can really be a blast of fresh spring air, even if we just walk around in our own closets for a few weeks. Visit a shoe salon for a real lift. There are some real works of art out there this season. Or peruse the online shoe boutiques. You can even put together your own high heels piece by piece. Check out www.milkandhoneyshoes.com. Shape up. Yes, January is a time for renewing those gym memberships and losing a few pounds. But perhaps it's time to get creative. If the treadmill has not worked in the past, consider changing up your routine. Yoga is something I had long thought was not for me, but a new year with a new teacher has been a life-changing experience. Be on the lookout for new trends. You may have your favorite basics that define your "look," but it's important to be a lifelong learner when it comes to your wardrobe. Always be watching for new ways to redefine your style — whether it's a new pair of eyeglasses, a new hairdo or a new pair of shoes — there are plenty of ways to inject some freshness into your outer appearance. Don't ever give up on styling yourself.
Sharon Mosley is a former fashion editor of the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock and executive director of the Fashion Editors and Reporters Association.
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Q: Starved for more space? A: Designer Chris Coleman shares remedies worth remembering. "To unlock the hidden space in any room," he suggests: —Paint it a light, neutral color, and limit color contrast as much as possible, especially if you are dealing with adjacent rooms that are connected to each other. Painting out contrast creates the "perception of one large room, rather
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video gaMe reviews BY JeB haughT
'Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch' is Enchanting
newcomers to the genre may find that it becomes monotonous. "Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch" has a few small hurdles to overcome, but the overall game is fun and delightful!
'Devil May Cry'
REVIEW RATING: 3.0 stars (out of 5) It only took a few minutes of playing the original "Devil May Cry" for the phrase "wow, that was cool" to become my own personal mantra. Since
DEVELOPER: Ninja Theory PUBLISHER: Capcom SYSTEM: Microsoft Xbox 360 (PS3) PRICE: $59.99 ESRB RATING: Mature
then, the DMC series has undergone several changes — some good and some bad. Now the DMC reboot has received an overhaul, and my new mantra has become "wow, that was easy!" Continues on page 17
"Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch" DEVELOPER: Level 5 needs. PUBLISHER: Namco Bandai One cool feature is that this SYSTEM: Sony PlayStation 3 daunting journey takes the wizPRICE: $59.99 ard-in-training all over both the ESRB RATING: Teen new-found fantasy realm and REVIEW RATING: 4.0 stars also his familiar Earthly neigh(out of 5) borhood. Both areas, as well as every aspect of the game, are It's not surprising that Japanese so beautifully rendered that Role-Playing Games (JRPGs) they also motivate players to were eclipsed by action RPGs explore every inch possible! soon after Japan lost its worldExploration will inevitably lead wide domination of game deto countless combat encounters, velopment. Nowadays it's which are the highlight of the difficult to find a good oldgame. Players form traditional school JRPG on any console. small parties for combat out of Fortunately, the PS3-exclusive their characters, but they can title, "Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the also utilize Familiars. These are White Witch" is just as enjoysmall creatures found throughable to watch as it is to play! out the game that are highly effective in combat, and they can This lengthy game centers on a even learn new moves. Unlike young boy named Oliver who a certain other game, players is in despair after the tragic don't "gotta catch 'em all" to death of his mother. He meets win or even enjoy playing. an unusual fairy who whisks him away to a fantasy realm, Anyone who doesn't like the teaches him magic and helps combat might as well stop him prepare to save the day. playing because it takes a lot of For some reason, saving this "grinding" (fighting monsters magical realm might also bring just to level up) in order to deOliver's mother back to life, feat tough enemies. Grinding is and that's all the motivation he common among JRPGs, but
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Continued from page 15 Future Earth is covertly controlled by the Demon King Mundus, who poses as a wealthy businessman. Only "The Order" knows the truth, and this secret organization has the lofty goal of freeing humanity from enslavement. Dante is recruited by The Order to help slay demons, and his selfish attitude is only eclipsed by the unnecessarily offensive and childish storyline. After witnessing the ridiculous events in this game, indeed the devil may cry ... with laughter! furious! Players build up highscoring combos and earn style ratings based on their skills. However, there isn't much challenge to fighting, especially since it's too easy to render enemies nearly harmless by endlessly "juggling" them in the air. I also wish that the style ratings weren't changed from being based on variety to being based solely on damage! changing weapons during combos can actually increase the amount of damage inflicted. It's also cool that certain platforming areas add much-needed variety to game play.
SPOTLIGHTEPNEWS.COM FEBRUARY 07, 2013 PAGE 17 newcomers will surely find something alluring about slaying demons.
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"Devil May Cry" may disappoint core fans of the series, but
Just like past installments in the series, combat is fast and
New to the series is the ability to have a variety of Angel and Demon weapons in addition to Dante's trademark pistols and Rebellion sword. Sadly, there's hardly much use for the pisREVIE W SC ORING 5 star SY s 4 star = Must-Ha STEM s = Ve ve r y Go 3 star od s 2 star = Above A verag s = Ba e 1 star r = Don gain Bin 't Bot tols her during combat. However, I do like how "Devil May Cry”
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PICK OF THE LITTER
Five veterinary products to watch in the new year
By Dr. Marty Becker Universal Uclick Every year, I go to as many veterinary conferences as I can. I have always loved to learn and I need to stay on the cutting edge for my work in the media. Last year, several veterinary products caught my attention. They’ll be worth watching as they roll into veterinary practices this year. In random order:
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Where the Wild Things Shouldn't Be
Matthew Margolis And he sailed off through night and day and in and out of weeks and almost over a year to where the wild things are. — Maurice Sendak, "Where the Wild Things Are" In 1963, American author and artist Maurice Sendak bestowed a great gift upon budding readers the world over: the beloved children's book "Where the Wild Things Are." It's a story that takes place in the imagination of a child, and it's a story that celebrates the imagination of a child. But the impetus for the trip to "where the wild things are" is as commonplace as children and dogs. The story opens with a little boy named Max dressed as a wolf and tearing through the house wreaking all sorts of childlike havoc. As a punishment, his mother sends him to his room. And that's where things get really wild. What's interesting to me about this story is that Max gets punished for racing around the house. I wonder what Max's mother would've done had it been her dog, and not her son, on the warpath through the living room. You'd be amazed at how many people allow their dogs to run wild in the house, at how many encourage it, at how many come to regret it. Don't go down that path. That's why God created backyards and greenbelts. We humans work hard to earn money to buy houses and furnishings and the special little tchotchkes that remind us of the places and people and moments we've loved. When we invite dogs into our lives, we implicitly invite them into our homes; at least we should. But that doesn't mean they get to do whatever they want to the couch or the carpet. It doesn't mean they have carte blanche to run roughshod over our collectibles or our friends or ourselves. As is true with almost everything in our dealings with dogs, consistency is key. If you want your dog to be calm in the house — when you have guests over, when you're sitting down to a family dinner, when you just want some peace and quiet, whenever — encourage only calm activities in the house. He can chew on a toy, gnaw on a bone, rest at your feet, nap in his bed, practice commands such as "sit," "down" and "wait." Any excitable activity is best reserved for the out of doors. In other words, don't chase him from room to room, hurl the ball down the hall or yell "get him, boy" as he launches himself off the back of the couch in hot pursuit of the cat. If you want peace inside your palace, cultivate peaceful practices. The backyard is another story. Just as every child needs time to run wild in mind and in form, so does every dog. In the backyard, the ball is king. In the backyard, play rules supreme. In the backyard, the dog runs free. For it is in the backyard that you boldly echo Max's cry "to let the wild rumpus start"! Woof!
Dog trainer Matthew "Uncle Matty" Margolis is co-author of 18 books about dogs, a behaviorist, a popular radio and television guest, and host of the PBS series "WOOF! It's a Dog's Life!" Read all of Uncle Matty's columns at www.creators.com, and visit him at www.unclematty.com. Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Uncle Matty at P.O. Box 3300, Diamond Springs, CA 95619.
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• Zeuterin: A few years ago, I made the decision to return to practice. I missed it, so now I see pets and their people at two north Idaho veterinary hospitals whenever I can. Recently, I was able to participate in the staff training for a product that will revolutionize the way we neuter dogs. Zeuterin is a U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved non-surgical product injected directly into the testicles. It’s fast, it’s easy on everyone and it has already proven its value in neutering overpopulations of dogs in third-world countries and in the abandoned area around the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan. (ArkSciences.com) • Kerdog by SophiaDog: I first saw this product last summer at the American Veterinary Medical Association’s annual conference. It had quite the buzz on the trade-show floor, and with good rea-
A handful of new products for veterinary use aim to improve lives for pets and their people.
son. It’s a wheeled cart for dogs that does more than support an animal undergoing rehabilitation. The product has pedals for the rear paws that teach the animal to use his legs while strengthening the muscles. Eventually, the pedals are removed and the dog walks with support from the cart, and then on his own. (SophiaDog.com) patient’s laboratory reports show an easy-to-read interactive format and can be viewed on a desktop, laptop or tablet. They’re all in one place, and I can use my tablet to go over the Cloud-based results with the pet’s owner. The company says more than 3,000 veterinary practices in the United States are already using the system since it was launched last July. (IDEXX.com/vetconnectplus)
• OraStrip Quick Check: Your veterinarian can tell in minutes if your dog has periodontal disease with OraStrip Quick Check, a diagnostic strip that tests a pet’s saliva and color when active disease is present. Treatment options can then be explored in time to reduce the suffering caused by this painful and harmful condition. (Orastrip.com) • IDEXX VetConnect Plus: I love my
tablet computer, and I love seeing all the ways we’re starting to use these in veterinary medicine. With this system from IDEXX, my
• Royal Canin Veterinary Diets’ CALM: With proven links between illness and behavior problems to the increased levels of stress caused by anxiety, there’s a need for food to soothe anxious pets. New from Royal Canin Veterinary Diets is CALM, the first product of its kind, available through veterinarians. CALM includes three proven ingredients to relieve stress and anxiety without the use of medication. (Royalcanin.us/calm) These are the five products that really caught my attention last year, but I easily could have listed a couple dozen more. Changes and innovations are a constant in medicine, which is yet another reason to work with your veterinarian to stay on top of pet care breakthroughs. Your pet will benefit, and so will you.
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Now Showing SIDE EFFECTS
Open Nationwide 02/08/13 Runtime 105 min MPAA Rating R for Nudity, Language, Sexuality, Violence. Starring Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Catherine ZetaJones, Vinessa Shaw, Ann Dowd, Mamie Gummer, David Costabile, Michelle Vergara Moore, Vladimir Versailles, Mitchell Michaliszyn, Polly Draper Genre Drama, Thriller Synopsis For four years, Emily Taylor (Rooney Mara) has awaited the release of her husband, Martin (Channing Tatum), from being imprisoned for insider trading. Finally, Martin comes home, but Emily feels just as bad as she did when he was incarcerated, and she sinks into a deep depression. After her failed suicide attempt, psychiatrist Jonathan Banks (Jude Law) prescribes a series of medications. When those don't work, he gives Emily a new medication -- but the drug leads to ruined lives and death.
STAND UP GUYS
Open Nationwide 02/01/13 Runtime 95 min MPAA Rating R for Sexual Content, Language, Brief Drug Use, Violence. Starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin, Julianna Margulies, Mark Margolis, Lucy Punch, Addison Timlin, Vanessa Ferlito, Katheryn Winnick, Bill Burr, Craig Sheffer, Yorgo Constantine, Weronika Rosati, Courtney Galiano Genre Comedy Synopsis After serving 28 years in prison for accidentally killing the son of a crime boss, newly paroled gangster Val (Al Pacino) reunites with his former partners in crime, Doc (Christopher Walken) and Hirsch (Alan Arkin), for a night on the town. As the three men revisit old haunts, reflect on their glory days and try to make up for lost time, one wrestles with a terrible quandary: Doc has orders to kill Val, and time is running out for him to figure out a way out of his dilemma.
Open Nationwide 02/01/13 Runtime 91 min MPAA Rating R for Language, Brief Drug Use, Bloody Images, Some Nudity, Strong Violence. Starring Sylvester Stallone, Sung Kang, Sarah Shahi, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jason Momoa, Christian Slater, Jon Seda, Brian Van Holt, Holt McCallany, Weronika Rosati, Marcus Lyle Brown, Dane Rhodes Genre Action, Thriller, Crime drama Synopsis When veteran hit man Jimmy Bobo (Sylvester Stallone) and his partner, Louis (Jon Seda), kill a corrupt ex-cop, Louis in turn loses his life to an ex-mercenary named Keegan (Jason Momoa). Detective Taylor Kwon (Sung Kang) senses a connection between the two killings and seeks out Bobo, who subsequently saves Kwon from an assassination attempt. The pair join forces against a common enemy: a ruthless real-estate developer named Robert Nkomo Morel (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje).
BULLET TO THE HEAD
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
Runtime 122 min MPAA Rating R for Some Sexual Content/Nudity, Language. Starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Anupam Kher, Julia Stiles, John Ortiz, Shea Whigham, Dash Mihok, Paul Herman, Matthew Russell, Cheryl Williams, Patrick McDade, Brea Bee, Regency Boies, Phillip Chorba Genre Comedy drama, Romance Synopsis After losing his house, job and wife and spend-
ing eight months in prison, Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) winds up with his parents (Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver). He is determined to rebuild his life and reunite with his wife, but his parents would be happy if he just shared their obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles. Things get complicated when Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), who offers to help him reconnect with his wife if he will do something very important for her in exchange.
HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS
Open Nationwide 01/25/13 Runtime 88 min MPAA Rating R for some violence. Starring Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Peter Stormare, Thomas Mann Genre Fantasy, Action, Horror, Adventure Synopsis Fifteen years after Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) defeated the wicked witch who planned to have them for her dinner, the siblings have come of age as skilled bounty hunters. Hell-bent on retribution, they have dedicated their lives to hunting down and destroying every witch still lurking in the dark forests of their homeland. As the notorious blood moon approaches, the siblings face a great evil -- one that could hold the secret to their terrifying past.
Open Nationwide 02/08/13 Runtime 111 min MPAA Rating R for Sexual Content, Language. Starring Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, Tip "T.I." Harris, Genesis Rodriguez, Morris Chestnut, John Cho, Robert Patrick, Eric Stonestreet, Jonathan Banks, Mary-Charles Jones, Maggie Elizabeth Jones Genre Comedy Synopsis Florida resident Diana (Melissa McCarthy) has a luxurious lifestyle as the queen of retail, buying whatever strikes her fancy -- and it's all free, thanks to Sandy Bigelow Patterson (Jason Bateman), a guy from Denver whose identity she stole. With just one week to track down Diana before his world implodes, the real Sandy heads south to confront the unapologetic con artist and bring her back to Denver so that he can clear his name and restore his shattered credit rating.
Open Nationwide 01/25/13 Runtime 97 min MPAA Rating R for Strong & Crude Sexual Content, Language, Graphic Nudity, Dialogue, Some Drug Use, Some Violence. Starring Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Bell, Halle Berry, Leslie Bibb, Kate Bosworth, Gerard Butler, Bobby Cannavale, Common, Kieran Culkin, Josh Duhamel, Anna Faris, Richard Gere, John Hodgman, Terrence Howard, Hugh Jackman, Greg Kinnear, Johnny Knoxville, Justin Long, Stephen Merchant, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe Grace Moretz, Chris Pratt, Dennis Quaid, Liev Schreiber, Seann William Scott, Emma Stone, Jason Sudeikis, Uma Thurman, Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet Genre Comedy Synopsis A dozen directors contributed to this collection of outrageous tales and spoofs.
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CINEMARK CIELO VISTA
Gateway West Blvd/Cielo Vista Mall
6101 Gateway West S.15 Schedule good for Friday February 8th
A HAUNTED HOUSE (R) | 10:30 am | 12:45 pm | 3:00 pm | 5:15 pm | 7:30 pm | 9:45 pm *BULLET TO THE HEAD (R)10:50 am | 1:35 pm | 4:20 pm | 7:05 pm | 9:50 pm *IDENTITY THIEF (R) | 10:30 am | 12:30 pm 1:30 pm | 3:30 pm | 4:30 pm | 6:30 pm 7:30 pm | 9:30 pm | 10:30 pm PARENTAL GUIDANCE (PG)10:40 am | 1:30 pm | 4:20 pm 7:10 pm | 10:00 pm PARKER () | 10:50 am | 1:45 pm | 4:45 pm 7:45 pm | 10:35 pm 2D RISE OF THE GUARDIANS (PG) | 11:00 am | 1:45 pm | 4:30 pm | 7:15 pm | 10:15 pm *SIDE EFFECTS (R) 10:30 am | 11:00 am | 1:25 pm | 1:55 pm 4:20 pm | 4:50 pm | 7:15 pm | 7:45 pm 10:10 pm | 10:35 pm *STAND UP GUYS (R) | 11:00 am | 1:40 pm | 4:20 pm | 7:00 pm | 9:40 pm 2D THE HOBBIT (PG-13) 10:40 am | 2:20 pm | 6:00 pm | 9:40 pm THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBO (R) | 12:50 pm | 4:00 pm | 7:10 pm | 10:20 pm THIS IS 40 (R) 11:30 am | 3:10 pm | 7:00 pm | 10:20 pm *WARM BODIES (PG-13) 10:30 am | 11:15 am | 1:15 pm | 2:00 pm | 4:00 pm | 4:45 pm | 6:45 pm | 7:30 pm | 9:30 pm | 10:15 pm 2D WRECK-IT RALPH (PG) | 10:45 am | 1:40 pm | 4:40 pm | 7:40 pm | 10:30 pm *ZERO DARK THIRTY (R) | 10:35 am | 11:05 am | 2:05 pm | 2:35 pm | 5:35 pm | 6:05 pm | 9:05 pm | 9:35 pm * -- denotes Pass Restricted features
Schedule good for Friday Feb 8th
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters R88 Mins RealD 3D 11:00am | 2:00pm | 5:00pm | 8:00pm Digital Cinema 10:00am | 1:00pm 4:00pm | 7:00pm | 10:00pm Movie 43R94 Mins Digital Cinema 10:30am | 1:30pm | 4:30pm | 7:30pm | 10:30pm Broken City R109 Mins Digital Cinema 7:05pm | 10:05pm The Last StandR106 Mins Digital Cinema 10:10am | 4:20pm | 10:10pm MamaPG-13100 Mins Digital Cinema 10:25am | 1:25pm | 4:25pm | 7:25pm | 10:25pm Gangster Squad R110 MinsDigital Cinema 10:40am | 1:40pm | 4:40pm 7:40pm | 10:40pm Django Unchained R165 MinsDigital Cinema 10:45am | 2:30pm | 6:15pm | 10:00pm Les MisérablesPG-13158 MinsDigital Cinema 11:00am | 2:35pm | 6:15pm | 9:45pm The ImpossiblePG-13103 MinsDigital Cinema 10:35am 1:35pm | 4:35pm | 7:35pm | 10:35pm Jack ReacherPG-13130 Mins Digital Cinema 1:10pm | 7:05pm Monsters, Inc.G92 Mins 10:15am 1:15pm 4:15pm Rust and Bone R122 Mins Digital Cinema 10:20am | 1:20pm | 4:20pm | 7:20pm | 10:20pm Life of PiPG125 Mins RealD 3D 2:00pm | 8:00pm Digital Cinema 11:00am | 5:00pm LincolnPG-13149 Mins Digital Cinema 12:00pm | 3:25pm | 6:45pm | 9:45pm Argo R120 MinsDigital Cinema 10:15am | 1:15pm | 4:15pm 7:15pm | 10:15pm
Now Showing WARM BODIES
Schedule good for 2/8 - 2/8
BULLET TO THE HEAD (R) 11:00 | 1:25 | 4:00 | 7:05 | 9:30 | 12:00am DJANGO UNCHAINED (R) 12:00 | 4:00 | 7:40 | 11:20 GANGSTER SQUAD (R) 11:00 | 1:45 | 4:30 | 7:15 | 10:00 HANSEL & GRETEL:WITCHHUNTER 2D (R) 12:00 | 2:25 | 4:50 | 7:20 | 9:45 HANSEL & GRETEL:WITCHHUNTER 3D (R)11:30 | 2:00 | 4:25 | 7:15 | 9:40 | 12:05am HAUNTED HOUSE, A (R) 12:00 | 2:20 | 4:40 | 7:40 | 10:00 | 12:15am IDENTITY THIEF (R) 11:00 | 1:35 | 4:20 | 7:10 | 10:00 | 12:10am LAST STAND,THE (R)2:30 | 8:40 LES MISERABLES (PG13) 11:00 | 5:10 MAMA (PG13) 11:15 | 1:40 | 4:05 | 7:15 | 9:45 | 12:15am MOVIE 43 (R)11:00 | 1:30 | 4:00 | 7:00 | 9:30 | 12:00am PARENTAL GUIDANCE (PG) 12:00 | 2:30 | 5:00 | 7:30 | 10:00 PARKER (R)11:45 | 2:35 | 5:25 | 8:15 | 11:05 SIDE EFFECTS (R)11:00 | 1:40 | 4:20 | 7:00 | 10:00 | 12:00am SILVER LINING PLAYBOOK (R) 11:00 | 1:45 | 4:30 | 7:15 | 10:10 WARM BODIES (PG13) 11:00 | 1:30 | 4:00 | 7:00 | 9:45 | 12:15am ZERO DARK THIRTY (R) 12:00 | 4:00 | 7:30 | 11:00
CINEMARK 14 - EL PASO
West side of El Paso at Mesa & I-10
Schedule good for Friday Feb 8th
Identity ThiefR111 Mins Cinemark XD 9:00am | 12:10pm | 3:40pm | 7:00pm | 10:00pm Digital Cinema 9:45am | 1:10pm | 4:35pm | 8:00pm | 10:50pm Side EffectsR105 Mins Digital Cinema 9:40am | 1:00pm | 4:20pm | 7:45pm | 10:30pm Warm BodiesPG-1398 MinsDigital Cinema 9:15am | 10:00am | 12:15pm | 1:15pm | 3:30pm | 4:15pm | 6:40pm | 7:30pm | 9:45pm | 10:35pm Zero Dark Thirty R157 MinsDigital Cinema 10:25am | 2:25pm | 6:20pm | 10:05pm Hansel & Gretel: Witch HuntersR88 Mins RealD 3D 1:05pm | 7:25pmDigital Cinema 10:20am | 3:50pm | 10:15pm Bullet to the Head R91 MinsDigital Cinema 10:45am | 1:40pm | 4:45pm 7:50pm 10:20pm Parker R118 Mins Digital Cinema 9:25am | 12:25pm | 3:45pm | 7:15pm | 10:25pm Broken City R109 Mins Digital Cinema 9:10am | 12:20pm | 3:25pm | 7:10pm | 10:10pm Mama PG-13100 Mins Digital Cinema 9:35am | 12:35pm | 3:35pm | 6:50pm | 9:50pm Django Unchained R165 MinsDigital Cinema 10:05am | 2:00pm | 6:10pm | 9:55pm Les Misérables PG-13158 Mins Digital Cinema 6:00pm | 9:40pm Parental Guidance PG104 MinsDigital Cinema 9:20am | 12:30pm | 3:10pm Silver Linings Playbook R122 Mins Digital Cinema 9:05am | 12:00pm | 3:00pm | 6:30pm | 9:35pm
Open Nationwide 02/01/13 Runtime 97 min MPAA Rating PG-13 for Zombie Violence, Some Language. Starring Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich, Rob Corddry, Dave Franco, Analeigh Tipton, Cory Hardrict, Daniel Rindress-Kay, Vincent Leclerc, Clifford LeDuc-Vaillancourt, Billie Calmeau, Adam Driscoll, Chris Cavener, Jonathan Dubsky, Alec Bourgeois Genre Horror, Romantic comedy Synopsis A terrible plague has left the planet's population divided between zombies and humans. An unusual zombie named R (Nicholas Hoult) sees his walking-dead brethren attacking a living woman named Julie (Teresa Palmer) and rescues her. Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies, and the pair embark on an unusual relationship. As their bond grows and R becomes more and more human, a chain of events unfolds that could transform the entire lifeless world.
Las Palmas i-10 @ Zaragosa
EAST POINTE MOVIES 12
I-10 & Lee Trevino
Schedule good for Friday Feb 8th
Identity Thief R111 MinsCinemark XD 11:15am 2:10pm | 5:05pm | 8:00pm | 10:55pmDigital Cinema 12:15pm | 1:15pm | 3:10pm | 4:10pm | 6:05pm | 7:05pm | 9:00pm | 10:00pmMidnight Showtimes (Late Friday Night)12:01am Side Effects R105 MinsDigital Cinema 11:05am | 1:55pm | 4:45pm | 7:35pm | 10:25pmMidnight Showtimes (Late Friday Night)12:01am Warm Bodies PG-1398 Mins Digital Cinema 11:20am | 12:40pm | 2:00pm | 3:20pm | 4:40pm | 6:00pm | 7:20pm | 8:40pm | 10:05pm | 11:20pm Midnight Showtimes (Late Friday Night) 12:01am Zero Dark Thirty R157 MinsDigital Cinema 11:25am | 3:05pm | 6:45pm | 10:35pm Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters R88 MinsRealD 3D 1:10pm | 3:45pm | 6:20pm | 8:55pm Digital Cinema 12:00pm | 2:35pm | 5:10pm | 7:45pm | 10:50pm Bullet to the Head R91 MinsDigital Cinema 1:00pm | 3:35pm | 6:10pm | 8:35pm | 11:00pm Stand Up Guys R95 MinsDigital Cinema 1:30pm | 4:05pm | 6:40pm | 9:15pm Movie 43 R94 Mins Digital Cinema 4:15pm | 6:55pm | 9:30pm Parker R118 Mins Digital Cinema 12:25pm | 3:25pm | 6:25pm | 9:25pm Broken CityR109 MinsDigital Cinema 1:50pm | 4:50pm | 7:50pm | 10:45pm Mama PG-13100 Mins Digital Cinema 11:35am | 2:15pm | 4:55pm | 6:15pm | 7:40pm | 9:05pm | 10:20pm Midnight Showtimes (Late Friday Night) 12:05am A Haunted House R86 MinsDigital Cinema 11:30am | 2:05pm | 4:35pm | 7:10pm | 9:40pm Gangster Squad R110 Mins Digital Cinema 12:20pm | 6:30pm Django Unchained R165 Mins Digital Cinema 11:10am | 3:00pm | 6:50pm | 10:40pm Les Misérables PG-13158 Mins Digital Cinema 12:30pm Parental Guidance PG104 Mins Digital Cinema 12:35pm | 3:30pm The Impossible PG-13103 Mins Digital Cinema 3:15pm | 9:35pm Monsters, Inc. G92 MinsRealD 3D 11:00am Silver Linings Playbook R122 Mins Digital Cinema 1:20pm | 4:20pm | 7:25pm | 10:30pm
Schedule good for 2/08- 2/14
3D FINDING NEMO (G) 11:55a | 2:15p | 6:55p FLIGHT (R) 11:30a | 6:10p 2D FRANKENWEENIE (PG) 2:25p | 7:15p 3D FRANKENWEENIE (PG) 4:35p | 9:35p HERE COMES THE BOOM (PG) | 11:00a | 1:40p | 4:05p | 7:00p | 9:30p 2D HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA(PG)12:00p|5 p | 9:25p 3D HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA (PG) | 11:10a | 1:30p | 3:50p | 6:20p | 8:40p KILLING THEM SOFTLY (R) 11:35a | 1:50p | 4:10p | 6:30p | 9:00p PITCH PERFECT (PG-13) 2:35p | 9:10p PLAYING FOR KEEPS (PG-13) 11:20a | 1:55p | 6:35p RED DAWN (2012) (PG-13) 11:15a | 1:35p | 4:00p | 7:20p | 9:45p SKYFALL (PG-13) 12:05p | 3:10p | 6:15p | 9:20p TAKEN 2 (PG-13) 4:10p | 8:55p 2D TEXAS CHAINSAW (R) 11:25a | 4:50p | 9:50p 3D TEXAS CHAINSAW (R) 2:00p | 7:10p 2D WRECK-IT RALPH (PG) 11:05a | 1:45p | 4:15p | 6:45p | 9:15p 3D WRECK-IT RALPH (PG) 11:40a | 2:10p | 4:40p | 7:25p | 9:55p
PREMIERE MONTWOOD 7
Schedule good for 2 /08 - 2 /14
2200 N. Yarbrough
HERE COMES THE BOOM (PG) | 4:25 pm | 6:55 pm | 9:25 pm 2D HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA (PG) | 4:50 pm | 7:15 pm | 9:35 pm KILLING THEM SOFTLY (R) | 5:15 pm | 7:30 pm | 9:45 pm RED DAWN (PG-13) | 4:15 pm | 7:10 pm | 9:20 pm SKYFALL (PG-13)5:45 pm | 9:00 pm 2D TEXAS CHAINSAW (R) | 4:45 pm | 9:10 pm 2D WRECK IT RALPH (PG)4:45 pm | 9:30 pm 3D TEXAS CHAINSAW (R)7:00 pm 3D WRECK IT RALPH (PG) 7:10 pm
TIMES FOR FEBRUARY 8 - FEBRUARY 13 IDENTITY THIEF (R) Fri. 1:50 2:35 4:30 5:15 7:10 7:55 HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS (R) Fri. 1:50 4:40 7:30 10:00; Sat.-Sun. 11:05 1:50 4:40 7:30 10:00; Mon.9:50 10:30; Sat.-Sun. 11:10 11:55 1:50 2:35 4:30 5:15 7:10 Tue. 1:50 4:40 7:30 10:00; Wed. 1:50 4:40 7:30 7:55 9:50 10:30; Mon.-Wed. 1:50 2:35 4:30 5:15 7:10 7:55 HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS 3D (R) Fri. 9:50 10:30 1:15 3:30 5:45 8:00 10:20; Sat.-Sun. 11:00 1:15 3:30 5:45 8:00 SIDE EFFECTS (R) Fri. 2:30 5:10 7:40 10:15; Sat.-Sun. 10:20; Mon.-Wed. 1:15 3:30 5:45 8:00 10:20 11:45 2:30 5:10 7:40 10:15; Mon.-Wed. 2:30 5:10 7:40 10:15 PARKER (R) Fri. 2:20 5:05 7:50 10:25; Sat.-Sun. 11:15 2:20 BULLET TO THE HEAD (R) Fri.-Tue. 12:30 2:55 5:20 7:45 5:05 7:50 10:25; Mon.-Wed. 2:20 5:05 7:50 10:25 10:20; Wed. 12:30 2:55 5:20 7:45 MAMA (PG13) Fri.-Tue. 12:00 2:25 3:35 4:55 7:15 9:40 10:10; WARM BODIES (PG13) Fri.-Sat. 2:15 4:35 7:05 9:35; Sun. Wed. 12:00 2:25 3:35 4:55 7:15 9:40 11:50 2:15 4:35 7:05 9:35; Mon.-Wed. 2:15 4:35 7:05 9:35 ZERO DARK THIRTY (R) Fri.-Wed. 12:10 7:00
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Out & About
Calendar of upcoming events for El Paso/ Southern New Mexico are from February 7th - March 24th, 2012
times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Ticket information: 3511455 or kidsnco.org. Townsend with musical direction by Cody Ritchey. Admission: $15 ($10 non-EPCC students/military; $7 EPCC students, faculty and staff and seniors. Information: 831-3205, 637-4029 or epcc.edu. Based on the Gospel of Matthew, “Godspell” is interspersed with a variety of modern music set primarily to lyrics from traditional hymns.
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‘Sylvia’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents A.R. Gurney’s comedy about a dog and her newly-adopted family Feb. 9-March 2. Directed by Moises Hinojos. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 ($8 seniors, $7 military/students with ID; $5 students under 18). Information: 532-1317, elpasoplay-
house.com. An upper class man adopts a stray female dog and soon finds her clashing with his work, marriage, friends and other aspects of his life in hilarious ways.
‘Godspell’ — El Paso
Community College Theatre Ensemble presents the rock musical by Stephen Schwartz and Michael Tebelak at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday,Feb. 28-March 8, at the EPCC Transmountain Campus Forum Theater, 9570 Gateway North. Directed by Keith
‘If The Shoe Fits’ — Kids-N-Co. presents a modern day fairy tale through Feb. 10, at the Kids-N-Co. Education and Performance Center, written and directed by Kids-N-Co. alumnus Mia Carreon. Show-
'A Midsummer Night's Dream' - KidsN-Co., 1301 Texas, presents the William Shakespeare fantasy, adapted by Layle Chambers March 1-24. Directed by Jaime Lupercio. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Ticket information: 351-1455 or kidsnco.org.
Shundo Dance Studio Presents:
Date: February 14, 2013
Pack and Friends — The nonprofit Desert Dancer Chapter 5017 of USA Dance hosts its fundraising dance 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1000 Montana, with tango, waltz, swing and more provided by DJ Michael Rey. Couples and singles welcome. Proceeds benefit social ballroom dance, dancesport and youth scholarships. Cost: $15 ($10 members/youth). Information: 487-9396 (call or text), (575) 405-7961 (text) or desertdanceusa.com. La Tierra Cafe dinner shows — La Tierra Cafe,
1731 Montana, Café Dinner Shows begin at 8 p.m. Saturdays. Evening includes a threecourse meal followed by performance. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $32 (per show) in advance; $36 at the door; includes dinner, tax and show. Information: 533-8890 or latierracafe.com. Feb. 9 — Al Borde Flamenco and guests
Toby Love, the former member of Adventura, performs Friday, Feb. 8, with Michael El Nuevo Prospecto, and local band Grupo La Guira Glg. Tickets: $25 general admission; $50 VIP (ticketbully.com).
Valentine Dance — The Forum Ballroom, 3800 Mattox (at Hawkins and Montana) hosts a dance 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Feb. 9, with live music by Chuy Flores and Rhapsody, cash door prizes, free beer and sodas, and a chocolate fountain. Admission: $35 a couple. Information: 5984220. Valentine’s Day Tardeada — Our Lady of
Mt. Carmel’s annual fundraising tardeada is 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Parish Hall, 131 S. Zaragosa, with dinner and dancing to music by Mike’s Disco. Tickets: $10 ($6 ages 12 and younger). Tickets available at the parish office in advance or at the door. Information/tickets: 859-9848.
Time: 7-10 PM
Fire truck pull — 2nd
2719 N. Stanton Street $10 per person or $7per person with a side
Avoid the crazy dining out scene and join us for a ValenAll your latin and ballroom favorites. Mixers, dance cards,and much ,much more!!!!! BYOB Pot luck-see our sign up sheet No jeans, Dress to Impress Contact: DJ (915)-345-7420 Diana (915)-549-6101 Susan (505) 362-2251
annual truck pull benefiting Special Olympics Texas-Area 19 athletes is 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Cohen Stadium. Teams of 10 (one must be female)compete for prizes, with appearance by guest State Representative Joe C. Pickett. Cost: $25 per individual; $250 teams of 10. Information: 5338229 or sotx.org.
Empty Bowls Soup Dinner — The Art Student
Society at El Paso Community College will sponsor the 10th annual soup dinner and silent auction to raise funds and awareness of world hunger 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at El Paso Community College Administrative Service Center, 9050 Viscount, Building A. All attending the dinner get to choose a folk art bowl to keep. Admission: $20. Ticket information: 595-1060 or elpasoansfightinghunger.org. The dinner emphasizes international and local hunger problems. Money goes to the new permanent local food bank of El Pasoans Fighting Hunger.
Love Affair Fashion Show — The 3rd annual
Valentines Fashion Show, is 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Novaluna Ultra Bar, 2270 Joe Battle. Models provided by Entourage Entertainment Modeling Agency clothing provided by Neidas Boutique & Chicos. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission: $5 ($8 VIP). Information: 626-4299, 443-5572 or entourageE.com.
Ellen Wilson in Concert — El Paso singer Ellen
Wilson and her band will perform 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at El Paso Community College’s Transmountain Forum Theatre, 9579 Gateway North, as part of EPCC’s Spring Arts Festival. Wilson will perform songs from her latest album “Destiny” backed by her band with Armin Harrison on guitar, Dave Hamilton on bass/cello and vocals, Paul Sanchez on keyboards, Gabe Infante on vocals and Ben Guerrero on drums. Admission is free. Information: 449-3834 or epcc.edu.
Tuff Hedeman Championship Bull Riding
— Four-time World Champion Bull Rider and El Paso native Tuff Hedeman presents the World Championship bull riding event at 8 p.m. Saturday, Continues on page 24
Dancing with the Rat
Nova Luna — 2270 Joe Battle. Information: 855-5066.
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Cabaret Diva Meow Meow
Brings Electrifying Performance to the Sun City
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Tuff Hedeman Championship Bull Riding ..
Feb. 9, at the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 Paisano. This event sells out every year. Tickets: $10-$75. (Ticketmaster). Information: 544-9000, 1-800745-3000 or CBRbull.com. The event features the new “8Second Format.” Only the top 24 riders in the world will be invited to ride and compete in three rounds of competition. Participants include newly crowned 2012 CBR World Champion, Josh Barentine along with the other riders of the “Road To Cheyenne Tour”, Luis Blanco, Chandler Bownds and 2012 PRCA World Champion, Cody Teel.
— The El Paso Art Association co-op gallery is in Sunland Park Mall, second level across from The Greenery, with 30 El Paso artists represented. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Information: 5843117, 474-0053 or sunlandartgallery.com. Showing Feb. 2-28: “My Heart’s Desire,” works by various artists depicting their favorite subjects or media, along with some Valentine’s Day themed pieces. Opening reception is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7.
International Museum of Art — 1211 Montana. The museum is operated by the International Association for the Visual Arts in the historic Turney Home. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Free guided tours available on a walk-in basis. Admission is free. Information: 543-6747 or internationalmuseumofart.net. Showing in February are works by artist Larry Nichols, and an exhibit of the museum’s new acquisitions. Opening reception is 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10.
Post-post-modern diva Meow Meow’s unique brand of ‘kamikaze cabaret’ and performance art exotica has hypnotized, inspired and terrified audiences globally. The spectacular crowd-surfing queen of song pulls “cabaret kicking and screaming into the 21st century” (Time Out NY), with trail-blazing sell-out seasons from New York and Berlin to London’s Apollo Theatre and the Sydney Opera House. Meow has been named “cabaret diva of the highest order” (New York Post), “sensational” (The Times UK), “One of the top performers of the year” by The New Yorker, and “a phenomenon” by the Australian press.” Both hilarious and poignant, and with a razor sharp wit and extraordinary vocal chords, the multi-award winning performer is as at home in the smoky bars of Berlin as she is in the Sydney Opera House in Australia or the American Repertory Theatre in Boston. The Evening Standard in London said, "There are not many women who can stun an audience into pin-drop silence with an exquisitely delivered torch song one moment and rock the rafters with laughter the next. Meow Meow ... is that rare combination - devilish funny bones and heavenly vocal chords." Meow has been curated by David Bowie, Pina Bausch, and Mikhail Baryshnikov, among others, and has created original
works for numerous international arts festivals and venues, including such works as “Vamp!,” “Meow to the World,” “Beyond Glamour,” and “Little Match Girl.” Her versatility is evidenced by performing everything from Schubert and Schumann with an orchestra, to touring with punk outfit Amanda Palmer and The Dresden Dolls. Meow’s 2013 global tour includes a collaboration with Barry Humphries and the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Brecht/Weill's Threepenny Opera with the London Philharmonic in Paris and London. According to Time Out NY, Meow’s “parody of glitz is part of a package that also includes physical comedy, social commentary and a brilliantly eclectic répertoire,” so “El Paso audiences are in for a rare treat with this scintillating performer extraordinaire,” said Juanita Vasquez of Lola Productions.
Meet and Greet with El Paso Parks and Recreation Senior Centers Valentine Queens
10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at Hilos de Plata Senior Center, 4451 Delta Dr. on Tuesday, February 12, 2013. The Queens were selected by the participants at each individual Senior Center. The Queens will reign over the upcoming Senior Center Valentine’s Dances. Information – Joe Rodriguez (915) 544-0753
Don Haskins Recreation Center “Love & Basketball”
3 on 3 Basketball Tournament 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 5:30 pm-warm up, 6:00 pm game starts Where: Don Haskins Recreation Center, 7400 High Ridge St. Fee: 2 lbs. of Candy and Easter Eggs per player for Recreation Center Annual Easter Egg Hunt. • Participants must be 17 years or older. • Prizes Awarded • Register now at Don Haskins Recreation Center, 7400 High Ridge Dr. Information – (915) 821-8909
Warren Casey Feb. 1-March 1. Showtime is 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, with dinner matinee at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, and non-dinner matinees at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, 17 and 24. Tickets: $45 Friday and Saturday; $40 Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday dinner matinees; $26 non-dinner matinees ($2 discount for all tickets for UTEP faculty/staff/ alumni association members; group of 20 or more; ages 4-12; non UTEP-students, military; $10 discount for UTEP students). Information: 747-6060. This record-breaking musical follows the senior class of 1959 at Rydell High School including gum-smacking, hip-shaking Pink Ladies and their hot-rodding, ducktailed boys, with hits such as “Summer Nights,” “We Go Together,” “Greased Lightnin’” “Look and Me, I’m Sandra Dee.”
What: Meow Meow When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 Where: UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium Information: Tickets are available at the UTEP Ticket Center, 915-7475234, or through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com or 800-7453000. Ticket prices are $33 and $38.
UTEP Men’s Basketball - Home games are 7 p.m.
at the Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $8-$50. Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com. • Saturday, Feb. 9 — Tulsa
Black History Month at UTEP —Many events
are free. Information: Amanda Lowder (African American Studies Program) 747-8650 or ALowder@utep.edu. Performances and talks: • The annual Knowledge Bowl is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in the El Paso Natural Gas Conference Center, opposite UTEP Library. Against The Odds Film Series screenings are noon Fridays in UTEP Library’s Blumberg Auditorium. All films are followed by a moderated discussion. Feb. 8: “Glory Road.” Discussion led by Associate Dean and Associate Professor of History Michael Topp.
UTEP Women’s Basketball – The Lady Miners
host Southern Miss at 2:05 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, in the Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $5. Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
‘Grease’ - UTEP Dinner
Theatre presents the hit 50s musical by Jim Jacobs and
Sunland Art Gallery
Night of Hope Ball — El Paso Diabetes Association will host its annual fundraising gala 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Feb. 9, at El Paso Museum of Art, One Arts Festival Plaza, with a “Casino Royale” theme with a five-course dinner, live music and casino gambling for play money. All proceeds from the event remain in El Paso, and go towards the Diabetes Association’s various programs. This year’s honoree is Mary Haskins. Tickets: $100. Information: 532-6280 or epdiabetes.org. ‘Boots & Bling Shindig and Auction’ — St. Clement’s Parish
School 2013 gala is 6:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Feb. 9, at Coronado Country Club, 1044 Broadmoor, with dancing, music, food and auction, benefiting the school. Cost: $100. Information: 533-4248 ext. 8062 or stclements.org.
Chinese New Year Celebration - Century Dance presents its celebration of the Chinese New Year at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8-9, at the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission is free. Information: 881-1939.
Mitzy, Designer to the Stars, meets
SESAC Latina in Beverly Hills
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World Marriage Day — Couples
who have been married in the Catholic church are invited to renew their vows at a special Mass at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 1118 N. Mesa. A reception will follow in the Cathedral High School gymnasium. Register online at elpasodiocese.org or call 872-8401.
Piano Recital — The El Paso Music Teacher’s Association presents students in recital at Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Recitals are scheduled at 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. Information: 584-7911 or 373-0687. EPSYOs Winter Concert —
The El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras, under the direction of Andres Moran, presents its winter concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Tickets; $12 ($7 students, seniors, military). Information: 525-8978 or epsyos.org. The performance features local cellist Michael Way in Eduard Lalo’s “Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 1.” Way is a member of the EPSYOs artistic staff in addition to performing with the EPSO and LCSO. Other favorites of the Romantic Era will be featured.
Valentine Ball — El Paso Friends of Jazz Society’s 10th annual Valentine’s Day dinner and dance is 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Feb. 9, at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino’s Signature Showroom, with live music by Azucar and a three-course dinner, served 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.; drink servers provided throughout the evening. Tickets: $40 ($320 table for eight); free valet parking on a first come, first serve basis. Information/reservations: 592-1357 or elpasofriendsofjazz.org. Space is limited; this event has sold out four years in a row. Proceeds benefit El Paso Friends of Jazz Society’s Mary & Eddie Davis Scholarship Fund. Meow Meow — Lola Productions Inc. presents globally renowned “kamikaze cabaret” performer 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Tickets: $27 and $32. Ticket information: 747-5234, 1-800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com. Meow Meow performs in venues as diverse as the Sydney Opera House, Joe’s Pub in New York, at London’s West End, and numerous international arts festivals. She is a frequent collaborator with an eclectic mix of the world’s greatest artistic visionaries including Pina Bausch, David Bowie, Iain Grandage, Pink Martini, John Cameron Bill Maher — The “politically incorrect” comic returns to El Paso at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $52.50 and $62.50 (Ticketmaster). For the last 17 years, Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. First on “Politically Incorrect,” and for the last eight years on HBO’s “Real Time,” Maher has garnered 26 Emmy nominations. In October of 2008,...Continues on next page
Photo courtesy of Mitzy Designs: L-R Mitzy and Graciela Beltran at inauguration ceremony) What a spectacular premiere! The renowned haute couture designer Mitzy recently opened his newest boutique in a star-studded event that brought out redcarpet celebrities in music, film and theater, along with L.A.'s international press corps. Located in the heart of Beverly Hills and sponsored by SESAC Latina, the only performing-rights organization represented at the ribbon-cutting, this is the area's first boutique that is wholly owned by a Mexican designer. Over the course of his 40-year career, Mitzy has been defined by three creative traits: glamour, fashion and style. He's earned his prestige by designing for and dressing major figures in the entertainment world, such as Verónica Castro, Isabel Pantoja, Rocio Durcal, Lucha Villa, Rocío Jurado and Thalía. Among the A-listers on hand for this unveiling were singers Graciela Beltrán serving as celebrity sponsor, singer Beatriz Adriana, actress Sandra Vidal, and Los Angeles City Councilman José Huízar. Following the ceremony, the attendees celebrated with a dinner, reception and fashion show at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, attended by such luminaries as Hollywood director Brett Ratner and the music-and-fashion mogul/Def Jam founder Russell Simmons. Featuring performances by Graciela Beltrán and Beatriz Adriana, this event included the runway debut of Mitzy Designs' 2013 Collection, and the announcement of his new collection, Quinceañeras 2013. About SESAC: With a selective policy of affiliation that's unique in the industry, SESAC represents the best composers and publishers. In so doing, SESAC has built a repertoire of quality that covers all genres and the most popular music of today. Artists affiliated with SESAC include such icons as Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Lady Antebellum, Bryan Michael Cox,Mumford & Sons, Rico Love, RUSH, Cassandra Wilson, MGMT, Alice In Chains and many more. SESAC Latina represents such prestigious artists as Draco Rosa, Carlos Baute, Enrique Bunbury, Rayito, Samo, Reik, Jencarlos Canela, Luz Casal, Intocable, Joey Montana, Luciano Luna, Aleks Syntek, Fonseca, América Sierra, Erika Ender, Miguel Angel Romero, among many others. www.sesaclatina.com As the first Latin music-focused division to be created by a performance-rights society, SESAC Latina is also recognized as a leader in technology, which allows it to process royalty payments more quickly and accurately. For more information about SESAC visit www.sesaclatina.com www.mitzybeverlyhills.com
Flashdance — The UTEP Golddiggers host the annual dance spectacular showcasing the city’s best dance groups at 2 p.m. Sunday Feb. 10, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Admission: $8.50.
Supernite — The Late Night Social
Club events are 9 p.m. on selected Saturdays at The Network, 317 E. Mills. Tickets: $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Tickets: $10 ($15 ages 18-20); available at ticketbully.com. Feb. 9: Daniel Avery. The London DJ (Throne of Blood) headlines with Rol(e) Models, Jason O and DJ Joe.
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Bill Maher Continued
from page 25... his swipe at organized religion, “Religulous,” became the 7th highest grossing documentary of all time. Three of his nine stand-up specials for HBO have also been nominated for Emmy awards.
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Nation Beat - The American/Brazilian collective performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall), as part of the NMSU Cultural Series. Tickets: $15 ($10 NMSU students), as part of the NMSU Cultural Series. Information: (575) 6461420 or panam.nmsucom.edu. Nation Beat plays a 21st century mashup inspired by Brazilian maracatu drumming, New Orleans second line rhythms, funk and country-blues. They were the first American group to record in Brazil with legendary Mestre Walter and Maracatu Nação Estrela Brilhante and the first Brazilian band to perform with Willie Nelson. Mardi Gras in the Clouds — The Cloudcroft
Chamber of Commerce will bring a little New Orleans to the mountain community Feb. 8-10 with its 12th annual Mardi
2013 King and Queen and “crazy hat” walking parade and under the big tent, followed by a teen dance at 6:30 p.m. A Cajun Cooking contest is 5:30 p.m. Friday, featuring main dishes, soups, gumbos and desserts and more. No entry free. An adult “Fais Do Do” dance is 7 to 11 p.m. Friday at The Lodge Resort’s Red Dog Saloon, with music by Desert DJ. The street celebration is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday under the big tent. The official Mardi Gras Parade is 2 p.m. Saturday along Hwy 82 and Burro Street, with this year’s theme “How Sweet It Is.” The 2nd annual Battle of the Bands is noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Chocolate Fantasia Headquarters are at the Silco Theater on Bullard Street.
For the Love of Arts Fiesta — The town of
Mesilla will host its 11th annual art show 1:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in the Old Mesilla Plaza, as part of For the Love of Art Month. The show features original works created by area artists. Music by Border Jazz Trio 3 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Information: (575) 524-3262. In 1999, February was declared For the Love of Art Month in Las Cruces in an effort to promote art and the business of art.
Alaska String Band —
The band performs at 2 p.m. Feb. 10, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 225 W. Griggs, in Las Cruces. Information: (575) 6689.
town Mall, in Las Cruces, directed by Karen Caroe. “The Fantasticks” is the longest continually running musical in history. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3 and 10, and 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31. Tickets: $10 ($9 students and seniors over 65 and $7 all seats Thursday). Information/reservations: (575) 523-1223 or no-strings.org. “The Fantasticks” is a musical telling the story of two fathers who decide that they want their children to fall in love with each other. Matt is a romantic, Luisa a fantasist. In an attempt to unite their children, the fathers feign a feud, hoping that once the children are in love, their dissension and “disapproval” of the relationship will spark an even greater love between them.
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Chocolate Fantasia –
Music on Main Street
— In celebration of ArtForms’ For The Love Of Art Month, the Dona Ana Arts Council and Downtown Las Cruces Partnership will host the month-long music series with local and national musical talent Tuesday and Friday evenings, and Valentine’s Day, at various locations throughout the downtown Las Cruces area. All events are free, unless otherwise listed. Information: (575) 523-6403 or RioGrandeTheatre.com or. • Every Other Tuesday performance with Las Cruces singer/songwriter Bruce Carlson at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, in the Rio Grande Theatre. • Feral Root — The melodic band performs at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, in the Rio Grande Theatre. Suggested donation of $3.
Gras celebration. The family celebration will include costumes, cake walk, battle of the bands, children’s parade, bead throwing, masks, and Cajun style food, shopping and more under the big tent on “BurroBon” Street. Admission is free for most events. Information: (575) 682-2733 or cloudcroft.net. The event opens at 4:30 p.m. Friday with introduction of the
The annual celebration of arts and sweet delicacies is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in historic downtown Silver City. This year’s theme is “Along the Milky Way.” Local art galleries, shops and other sites will offer chocolate creations made by local professional and amateur chocolatiers. Participants can select 20 chocolate creations from participating, “Chocolate Stops” at shops and galleries. Sponsored by the Mimbres Region Arts Council. Tickets: $20 (includes 20 chocolate treats and a map of locations); Valentine chocolate boxes for collecting chocolates available for $2. Tickets available in advance the MRAC Office, 1201 Pope. Tickets sell out every year. Tickets/information: (575) 538-2505 or mimbresarts.org.
‘The Fantasticks’ — No
Strings Theater Company presents the timeless musical by Harvey Schmidt with music and lyrics by Tom Jones is through Feb. 10 at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Down-
‘The Mousetrap’ — The Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Downtown Mall, presents the Agatha Christie thriller Feb. 1-17. Directed by Ceil Herman. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $10 ($9 seniors, students, military; $8 per person for groups of 10 or more; $7 children under six). Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org. This classic mystery focuses on a group of strangers stranded in a boarding house during a snowstorm, one of whom is a murderer. The suspects include the newly married couple who run the house, a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired army major, a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone and a policeman traveling on skis. “The Mousetrap” is the longest running play in history. It opened in 1952 in London’s West End and has been running continuously every since. Last year was the play’s Diamond Jubilee, hitting its 25,000th performance on Nov. 18.
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Dj Spotlight | Dada Life
This is Dada Land. Get ready to arrive beautiful and leave ugly. There are no rules but the rules of Dada. Don't look back in the past. Always go forward. And whatever you do: don't trust us.
They don’t care about genres. They don’t care about smartness. They don’t care about the things you care about. Dada Life just want to make you jump up and down. Then make you crash into a wall with a smile on your face. The formula has been a winner since the start. In summer 2006 Dada Life released ”Big Time” and DJ:s all over got their first take on the duo. Since then there has been a steady stream of records: ”The Great Fashionista Swindle”, ”Vote Yes” and “Fun Fun Fun” as well as the full length album “Just Do the Dada”. Dada Life have also remixed artists such as Laidback Luke, Alex Gopher and Dan Black/Kid Cudi. The tunes are played by everyone from Crookers, Eric Prydz and Benny
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Benassi to David Guetta, as well as featured on tons of compilations. Tiësto quickly understood how to Do the Dada – and the duo played before him on his massive USA-tour 2009 (as well as some dates this year). 2010 is going to be massive for the duo with planned tours in USA and Australia, as well as gigs at the big European festivals. Also expect tons of new tracks and remixes. The album “Just Do the Dada” is released and done. Good, because Dada Life are hungry again. As DJ:s Dada Life always have a little
extra in their record bag. They constantly produce their own remixes/edits (“Guerilla Farts”!!!) of good tunes in order to have something unique to play. (And when they get bored with the tunes, the mp3:s end up somewhere on the net…) Just give them a few bottles of cheap champagne and a box of bananas and they keep going. And remember: destroy dance music and have fun. Don’t look back in the past. Always go forward. Don’t think too much. Always follow the money. Just Do the Dada.
The Bryan Ferry Orchestra - The Jazz Age The Little Ones - The Dawn Sang Along The March Divide - Music for Film The Stone Foxes - Small Fires Unifier - Colorado Veronica Falls - Waiting for Something To Happen
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Golf Insider Bail out
By T.J. TOMASI
ASK THE PRO IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR GAME DRILLS FOR SKILLS
GOLF SPOKEN HERE
To purposefully play or aim away from trouble. Most architects give you a safe area to play to that avoids hazards, but if you choose the safe way, you won’t be in the best position for your next shot.
The sidewinder persevere release
Q: I’ve been playing for three years and have an 18 handicap. I practice four or five nights a week for about an hour each session. For the past year, I’ve been working on a one-piece takeaway and on keeping my left wrist flat on the top of the backswing, but even when I perform these reasonably well, I feel stuck at the top. The result is usually a high slice. What should I do? — D.W., Scarsdale, N.Y. How you release the clubhead to the ball is the key determiner of power and accuracy, yet it is one of the most misunderstood concepts in golf. Ask five teachers what they mean by “release,” and you’ll get 10 different answers — five initial answers and five reloads when they realize their first answer isn’t very good. The process begins when you build up energy on the backswing through coiling. When you deliver the energy you’ve built up to the ball, it’s called the release. There are three elements to a good release: what the torso does; what your forearms/elbows do; and what your wrists do. Here I’ll outline the role of the wrists. At some point during the backswing, you need to set your wrists to create a 90-degree angle between your lead forearm and the shaft. This angle is a lever that will multiply the power at impact when it straightens out. Your club at address forms an angle to the ground. A 6-iron sits at 60 degrees, while a driver is, say, 48 degrees. Your lead wrist cocks at roughly the angle of this shaft plane. Said another way: Your wrists set sideways vs. directly up and down. And here is the big point: They release exactly as they set, sideways, as when you skip a stone. Be careful with the analogy of pounding with a hammer to describe wrist cock because, while the wrist action is the same, the angle of attack is different. You hammer vertically, but hit a golf ball from the side, which is why I call it a “sidewinder” release, after the snake that moves sideways to go straight at its target. One of the biggest mistakes is forcing the clubhead in a straight line to the ball, a route that works when chopping wood, but not when you swing a golf club. When you release sideways, let momentum be your friend by relaxing, because it is momentum that rotates the forearms, squaring up the clubface. If your forearms are frozen in tension, even momentum can’t help you.
Cross-legged drill gets arms in the swing
Many high handicappers overuse their upper ABOUT THE WRITER bodies and underuse Dr. T.J. Tomasi is their arms/wrists to rea teaching prolease the clubhead to fessional in Port the ball. While you St. Lucie, Fla. must keep your body Visit hiswebsite rotating, you also need at to pay attention to the tomasigolf.com. proper movements of the hands and arms. The cross-legged drill trains your body to react to your arm swing. Tee up a ball, use a 7-iron, and take your normal stance. Then (assuming you’re a right-handed player) slide your right foot toward your left until it is only 2 or 3 inches away. Now comes the tricky part: Cross your left leg over your right. When you finish this cross-legged procedure, your toe line should be parallel to the target line with the ball positioned in the middle of your feet. Now hit balls from this unusual stance, taking care to make a full shoulder turn. It’ll be awkward at first, so easy does it, but you’ll be amazed at how well you can hit the ball with this stance after some practice. Then go back to your regular stance and duplicate the feel of your arms leading, your wrists releasing and your body following. QUOTE OF THE WEEK
A: The fact that you’ve been practicing on two things for a year is a good sign that you have the dedication and patience to be a good golfer. However, the two areas you’ve been working on (the one-piece takeaway and the flat left wrist on top) are preferences, not principles of a good golf swing. We all have choices in our golf swings. Since you’ve been working on these for a year, it seems you’ve chosen at least one that doesn’t match your ideal swing. The fact that you feel stuck at the top of the backswing shows good awareness of what is happening.
Who said it?
“There have always been characters in the game. Look at Ben Crane. Nobody would think he is who he is, but that is who he is.” A. Yogi Berra B. Mrs. Ben Crane C. Dr. Phil D. Bernhard Langer
Answer: D. Bernhard Langer knows the real Ben Crane, maybe because they are both agonizingly slow players and have plenty of time to get to know each other as they play.
The 90-degree angle between the lead wrist and the club shaft straightens out at impact, and the power that was housed in the lever dumps to the ball — pow!
1. Check your grip. I bet you have a good one that’s on the strong side (both Vs between your thumb and index finger point toward the right shoulder). 2. Allow yourself to cock your wrists earlier in the backswing. 3. Don’t try to have your left wrist flat on the top of the backswing; be slightly cupped (this matches your grip). These changes will cure that stuck feeling on top and change the downswing dynamics that cause the high slice. Let me know how this works. (To Ask the Pro a question about golf, email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.)
This player is in perfect position for the sidewinder release. Had he taken the straight route to the ball, his clubhead would be over his hands. Here his clubhead is behind his hands, in perfect position to take the roundabout, but much more powerful route to the ball.
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Toward better-balanced balls
Back in the day, Ben Hogan floated his golf balls in salt water to find the light spot, marked it and always putted “dot up” to ensure a truer roll. A perfectly balanced ball will float to a random orientation, but for most balls, the same spot will come up no matter how many times you float it. It works on the greens because a saltwater-balanced ball has a better chance to be placed along the axis it rolls best on. Today you can use a modern technology called spin balancing to find the exact axis a ball rolls on. Check out a device called the Check-Go Sweet Spot Finder by Technasonic (www.technasonic.com; $30) that shows you exactly where to mark your ball. As an extra bonus, you can line it up vertically on the tee and it will fly straighter.
Give her a hand
The rule of 2D:4D is one of those little-known facts that Cliff Clavin, the know-it-all mailman in “Cheers,” festooned the air with around the bar. Women have longer index fingers (2D) in relation to their ring fingers (4D) than men do. Why? You’ll have to ask Cliff about that. But I can tell you that it’s hard to tell how much a shortened 2D will hamper Annika Sorenstam, who inadvertently chopped off the top of her left index finger cutting up chicken. If Annika had sliced it that badly as a player, she would always have made the cut (sorry).
THE ERA OF BIG PAYCHECKS
Golf historian Herbert Warren Wind calculated that Paul Runyan made $1.61 per stroke in 1934, playing 64 tournament rounds for a total of $7,026. That made him one of the top earners in a year when the average tour pro won $3,500. By comparison, Rory McIlroy made $7,289.81 per stroke in 2012. Earlier this month, he signed a $250 million deal with Nike. Golf in the 21st century is very lucrative.
Al Geiberger (Mr. 59), a high-level performer in the ’60s and ’70s, told writer Tom Callahan in a Golf Digest interview: “My son Brent doesn’t even play anymore, he’s made so many good investments. He’s on easy street. Meanwhile, I’m broke.” To make Gieberger wish even more that he had played in the 21st century, Tiger Woods became the first athlete in any sport to earn a billion dollars.
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The art of winning
Racing artist helps to preserve painting schemes he pioneered
isitors to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C., where the fourth class will be inducted on Friday, will get to see some of Albert “Buz” McKim’s best work, and it won’t have anything to do with his day job as the Hall’s historian. In addition to his knack for putting together exhibits and for telling the story of NASCAR’s history, McKim is an accomplished racing artist, and as such has hand-lettered many a race car over the year. His latest lettering job, on a replica of the Wood Brothers’ No. 21 Ford that Tiny Lund drove to victory in the 1963 Daytona 500, will be on display to commemorate Leonard Wood’s induction into the Hall. Joining it will be a replica of the 1954 Hudson Hornet driven by another inductee, the late Herb Thomas. McKim lettered that car nearly 30 years ago, and the paint job has stood the test of time without any issues. “Maybe I should have charged them more,” he chuckled. It all began back in his youth, when he attempted to be a race driver on the tracks around Daytona Beach, Fla., where his family moved from his birthplace in New Jersey. Going to the tracks was a family affair as his father was the track announcer at several tracks in central Florida. “I got my first race car when I was about 14, a 1955 Chevy that we paid 50 bucks for,” McKim said. “Of course I didn’t have any money.
The thing ran, but we had to paint it. I couldn’t afford to have anybody do it, so I did it myself.” He spent about a week on the project, but the finished product was impressive. “Somebody saw it and said, ‘Hey, that looks pretty good, how about doing mine?’” McKim said. “Now, 1,200 cars later I’m working on the Wood Brothers’ car.” McKim drove for about six seasons before deciding that he had a better future painting cars than
Bud Moore, Cotton Owens and “Buz” McKim at the voting for the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Class of 2012. (Photo courtesy of Buz McKim)
driving them. “And it wasn’t helping attract girls like I’d hoped,” he said. “But my folks knew exactly what they were doing [by allowing him to race] because it kept me, my brother and all our friends busy and broke all through high school.” From there, McKim ventured
into painting cars at Daytona International Speedway. “I’d go to the speedway during Speedweeks every year and go through the garage area with my paint box, and if anybody needed anything I’d take care of it,” he said. “And I handled most of the work for the guys in the Daytona Beach area.” He also helped design paint schemes back in the 1970s. He designed the King’s Row Fireplace Shops paint scheme on Benny Parsons’ No. 72 Chevrolet and the Purolator scheme on the Wood Brothers’ Mercury, although he didn’t do the actual painting on the cars. “Those cars wound up being back-to-back Daytona 500 winners,” McKim said. “I thought that was pretty cool.” McKim also has done racing artwork, designed race program covers and even done drawings for cartoon characters, including the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ren and Stimpy. McKim eventually began making his living as a racing historian, working for NASCAR in Daytona Beach before joining the Hall of Fame staff in Charlotte. Through it all, he kept his paint brushes handy, and was ready when the Wood Brothers needed someone to put a period-correct paint scheme on their car. “I hadn’t done much painting since I came to Charlotte, so it was like getting back on course to do the Wood Brothers’ car,” he said.
Racing artist and NASCAR Hall of Fame historian Albert “Buz” McKim works to recreate the hand-painted color scheme of a Wood Brothers race car to be used in the Hall’s upcoming exhibit commemorating Leonard Wood’s induction. (Photo courtesy of Buz McKim)
Cup’s oldest living champ recalls Hall of Famers gone
“He beat me at Darlington in the Southern 500 in 1960,” White said, adding that there was so much confusion about the scoring, he’s not sure exactly who won that race. “When I got to look at the score cards with [NASCAR scorer] Joe Epton after the race, I’m not sure that Joe Epton knew who won that race. “That was so messed up it was pathetic, but it taught me to hire a scorer that would watch me and not watch the race.” White and Baker also were teammates for a time as both were members of the Atlanta-based Chevrolet factory team in the late 1950s. Baker, who died in 2002, is the father of long-time NASCAR driver and TV commentator Buddy Baker. White also raced against Everett “Cotton” Owens, who won nine Cup races in his own cars but had his greatest success as a car owner for a stable of top-flight drivers, including David Pearson, who won the first of his three championships in one of Owens’ No. 6 Dodges.
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Owens was at the top of his driving game when he got out of the car. He won at Richmond in his next-to-last start and was runner-up at Hillsboro, N.C., in his final race. As a car owner, he won a total of 38 races. His best season was 1966, when Pearson won 15 races and the championship despite skipping seven of the 49 races on the schedule that year. “I ran a lot with Cotton,” White said. “We went to Toronto and ran a race together. I raced against him in the Southern 500, then after I got out of racing he hired David Pearson.” White, who lived in Owens’ hometown of Spartanburg for several years, remained close to his fellow racer right up to Owens’ final days last year. “Cotton was a super guy,” White said. “I saw him on his birthday two days before he passed away.” “All three of them are deserving of being in the Hall of Fame.”
Rex White in 2008 (NASCAR photo)
The fourth class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame will be inducted on Friday night in Charlotte, but only two of the inductees, driver Rusty Wallace and Leonard Wood, longtime chief mechanic for the Wood Brothers racing team, will be there to accept in person. The other three, Herb Thomas, Buck Baker and Cotton Owens, will be inducted posthumously. Few of today’s NASCAR fans – or media members for that matter – ever saw those three in action, but Rex White, NASCAR’s oldest living champion of the series now known as Sprint Cup, remembers them all well. “I raced against all three of them,” White said. While White, now 83, never really got to know Thomas on a personal level, he has a great appreciation for what he accomplished. In a relatively short, 228-race career, Thomas won 48 races and two championships before injuries from a crash cut his career short. His winning percentage remains the highest ever in NASCAR. “He was a really good hustler on dirt,” White said, pointing out that most of the races in Thomas’ era were contested on dirt surfaces. “But he also won the Southern 500 three times, which shows that he was pretty darn good on pavement, too.” In Thomas’ day, before the Daytona 500 came along, the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway was stock car racing’s marquee event, and Thomas won three of the first six 500s at the tricky South Carolina track. “It’s win or bust,” Thomas was quoted as saying back in the day. “Second place is never good enough.” In addition to his championships in 1951 and 1953, Thomas was runner-up in points in 1952, 1954 and 1956. Like White, he was in the trucking business after his racing days ended. Thomas died on Aug. 9, 2000. White also spent many a Sunday going wheel-to-wheel with Elzie Wylie “Buck” Baker, who won 46 races and back-to-back championships in 1956-57. “Buck was a pretty darn good driver, really,” White said. “He would fake you out. He did a lot of planning, put a lot of effort into his strategy.” White said Baker, like Thomas, was good on both dirt and asphalt racing surfaces.
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Ford Flex – a box living up to its name
out. Up front, the Flex uses Fords upscale interior design that is making the rounds in most of Ford’s vehicle lineup. This new design makes using the navigation system, audio system and climate control super easy to use. The graphics on the screen are very sharp, with vivid colors – which is great for the backup up camera as well as for the satellite radio display. As Ford has always done, the controls are simple and easy to use – albeit still on the small side. For the 2013 the Flex receives a significant update to its exterior. On the outside, removed from the front end is the formal three-bar grille that I was just getting used to seeing on most Fords – replaced by a single space-age chrome band flanked by little headlights with dark surrounds. Oddly, there is no longer a blue oval badge on the front. In fact, the only Ford emblems on the 2013 Flex are on the wheel center caps and at the corner of the tailgate. The base engine remains the 3.5 liter V6, but thanks to variable camshaft timing, it now produces 285 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque, up from 262 and 248. Along with
By Christopher A. Randazzo
With large SUVs being so yesterday and minivans becoming an extinct species, the crossover SUV is stealing the spotlight as the best people mover out there. But one could argue that a crossover SUV is merely just a station wagon – and, I’m sorry, but that just ain’t cool. What is cool, though, is Ford’s shoebox shaped crossover vehicle, the Flex. In case you’re not aware of the Flex, it is based off of the Fairlane concept vehicle that hit the auto-show circuit back in 2005. It went into production in 2008, sharing its boxy styling cues from other standout vehicles such as the Scion xB and the Mini Cooper. Making the Flex look really unique is its roof – which is available in either white or silver – regardless of the color of the vehicle.
the boost in power comes an increase in fuel economy – up to 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway for the front-wheel drive models. For those needing, err, wanting more power, the 355 hp twin turbo EcoBoosted Flex continues, unchanged. The Flex with the base engine does the job as people/cargo hauler just fine. Power and response is decent despite the Flex tipping the scales at around 4,600 pounds. Interior noise, or the lack of it, is what surprised me the most as the boxy Ford delivered an extremely quiet and smooth ride. And The Flex can make itself useful, too. Fold down the back seats, which fold flat, and you’ve got 83 cubic feet of cargo space. You can thank the Flex’s funky storage-carton look for that. The Flex isn’t for everyone. It has that love-it or hate-it styling. And when shoppers look at the Flex at dealerships, it’s hard not to glance across the showroom and check out the other good SUV’s that Ford has to offer like the Escape, Explorer and Edge. But for those that do “get” it, the Flex is truly one-of-a-kind.
Walker arrested after chase
And while the Mini Cooper and xB are fairly short vehicles, the Flex is long – measuring more than 202 inches with a wheelbase of nearly 118 inches. That’s longer than many fullsize SUVs, including the Chevy Tahoe. So while the Flex is stylish in appearance, it is also large enough to handle the needs of a family.
The length of the Flex is really noticeable once inside. Second row seating is almost limo-like with lots of room. Look up, and there are a couple of panoramic window openings with sun shades. The third row seat is also spacious – even for adults. There is even a glass roof back there. Seems like Ford didn’t leave anyone – or anything -
Tyler Walker, the sprint car driver whose backflips off his car following race victories inspired NASCAR driver Carl Edwards to do the same, was arrested last week on drug- and trafficrelated charges after a three-state chase. Published reports indicate the chase was initiated by Nevada state troopers and went through Arizona before ending in Utah. Reports say Walker, 33, tried to flee on foot after the tires on his BMW were flattened by officers using special tire-flattening strips, but was caught. Troopers searched the car, finding methamphetamines, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and alcohol in the vehicle, according to the reports. Walker and a passenger, Raelle Hann McDonald, 30, were under the influence when arrested, authorities said. Walker was a standout sprint car driver in the 1990s and made several starts in NASCAR’s Nationwide and Camping World Truck series. He ran 19 Nationwide and nine Truck races with a best finish of eighth in a Truck race at Martinsville in 2007. He was suspended from NASCAR in 2007 for failing a random drug test. He resumed his sprint car career and won the prestigious King’s Royal 100 at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway in 2011.
By The Numbers:
2013 Ford Flex SEL FWD
Base Price: $33,225.00 Price as Tested: $40,030.00 Layout: front-engine / front-wheel drive Engine: 3.5 liter V6 Transmission: six-speed automatic Horsepower: 285 hp Torque: 255 ft-lbs EPA Fuel Economy: 18 city / 25 highway mpg [Visit me at www.carsbycar.blogspot.com or email me at email@example.com]
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Johnson seeks more PIR time
Jimmie Johnson, the five-time Cup champion and 60time winner on the Sprint Cup circuit, isn’t too proud to step back into the Nationwide Series to try to get a handle on a track that is confounding him. He’s done it in the past at Bristol Motor Speedway, and on March 2 he’ll take the wheel of the No. 5 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports for the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. Johnson once was the undisputed king at Phoenix, winning four of five Cup races between 2007 and 2009. But he hasn’t won there since the track was reconfigured in 2011. His struggles in the most recent Phoenix race led to a 32nd-place finish and opened the door for Brad Keselowski to derail his bid for a sixth Cup title. “This is a great opportunity for me to get more familiar with the new configuration at PIR,” Johnson said in a JR Motorsports release. “Not only do we race there twice in Cup, but both races are in crucial spots on the schedule for Team Lowe’s Racing. I appreciate JR Motorsports and Great Clips giving me this opportunity, and I hope to not disappoint my team owner.” For his career, Johnson has run 92 Nationwide races but has just one victory, at Chicagoland Speedway in 2001.
Bonus points earned in 2012 by Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the most of any Nationwide Series driver
Nationwide 29Chase Miller did Series races in which not finish, the most of any driver in 2012
Romanowski buys into Swan
Former NFL linebacker Bill Romanowski has become a minority owner of the Swan Racing team principally owned by Brandon Davis. Their No. 30 Toyota will be driven at Daytona by Michael Waltrip, then David Stremme, who drove the car last year, will return to the seat. Romanowski's health supplement company, Nutrition53, will be the team’s primary sponsor for 10 races and an associate on the other 26.
Laps led by Joey Logano in the Nationwide Series in 2012, tops among drivers
Laps run on the lead lap in the Nationwide Series in 2012 by Elliott Sadler, the most of any driver (a total of 6,038 were run)
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Orioles Purchase Contract of Zane Chavez
EL PASO, TX – The El Paso Diablos have sold the contract of C Zane Chavez to the Baltimore Orioles organization. Chavez will report to minor league spring training with the Orioles in March. Chavez is the second Diablo player to have his contract purchased by Baltimore since the season ended in September. Chavez, 26, was traded to El Paso from Grand Prairie in July of the 2012 season, and made an immediate impact as the starting catcher for the team. In his 37 games behind the plate, Chavez recorded a .336 batting average, 143 at bats, 18 runs, 48 hits, and 22 runs batted in. The San Diego native played an integral role in the Diablos’ second half play-off run as the South Division leaders. The Diablos 2013 season kicks off May 16th against the Amarillo Sox at Cohen Stadium, and wraps home games on August 25th with the Sioux City Explorers, and officially ends the season on the road in Gary SouthShore with the RailCats. With returning American Association Manager of the Year, Tim Johnson, at the helm, the Diablos are sure to make the most out of their 100-game schedule. Promotions will include Fireworks Fridays, Quartermania Sundays, $1 Beer Thursdays, Military Nights, character appearances, and
FREE Saturdays. Discounted Season Ticket, Weekend Ticket, and Flex Pack Ticket Specials are on sale now for the 2013 season.
For more information on these or on our upcoming season, please visit diablos.com or call (915)755-2000.
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It’s Time to Play Ball at EPCC
El Paso Community College (EPCC) is ushering in spring with the opening of baseball and softball season. The baseball Tejanos and softball Tejanas are members of the Western Junior College Athletic Conference of the National Junior College Athletic Association. The teams play their home games at the EPCC Valle Verde campus, 919 Hunter. The Tejanos’ head coach is Adam Gawason. Coach Gawason is in his fourth season at EPCC. The Tejanos begin their first home stand at noon, February 5th versus Eastern Arizona. The Tejanas’ head coach is Kathryn Gutierrez. They begin their season on an extended road trip because of the remodeling of the softball complex. The Tejanas will begin their first home stand at 1:00 p.m. on March 28th versus Clarendon College. For more information on EPCC Athletics, contact Dana Eisenga, Coordinator, Athletic Information Program, at (915) 831-2275.
El Paso Community College Tejanos 2013 Spring Schedule
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