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This week, Words on a Wire host Tim Hernandez visits with poet Heather Dobbins to talk about her new collection, River Mouth.

The El Paso International Music Foundation was formed to is to empower El Paso/Juarez/Las Cruces musicians and promote the local music scene. They do this through education, advocacy and building awareness. 

It’s almost time for Chalk the Block, the largest public arts festival in the southwest. The event is free and will feature over 200 artists.

This year, special installations include  Impulse, a publicly activated light and sound experience; Intrude, a large installation of blow up animals; Paradox Pyramid, an interactive abstract pyramid installation and much more. 

On this edition of Good to Grow, hosts Denise Rodriguez, John  White, and Jan Petrzelka discuss growing herbs in the fall in the desert southwest.

Charles Horak speaks with Austin Young and Carlos De La Torre of Tower Productions.  Tower Productions are working to build a library of short films from a variety of filmmakers in the southwest region.

On this edition of Words on a Wire, Daniel Chacon speaks with poet Natalie Scenters-Zapico.  They talk about her success and what it is like to be a wandering poet.

Part two of Charles Horak's interview with actor Sam Elliott.  In this edition of On Film, Charles explores Sam Elliott's current work and his impressive career.

On this edition of Good to Grow, we talk about edible gardening in small spaces.  The fall months are a great time to grow edibles in containers.

Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada died three years into his country’s revolution, yet the thousands of satirical illustrations he left behind suggest he was always fighting injustice. 

After Posada: Revolution revolves around over one-hundred rarely seen Posada images as they circulated during his lifetime which also feature the printmaker’s beloved Calaveras. 

Emily Davis and The Murder Police will release their new album called Same Old World On October 5th .

The band funded this project via a Kickstarter campaign that raised $11k. To celebrate their new album, they are holding a release party at Love Buzz on October 5th. 

Cafe Central is celebrating its 100th Anniversary with a on Gala October 6th. The celebration will consist of a cocktail hour and 5 course dinner carefully put together by Chef Aldo Mora. 

The oldest child of an immigrant Mexican family, Vickie Vértiz was born and raised in Bell Gardens, a southeast Los Angeles city. This week, we spoke with her about her first full collection of poetry, Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut, which uses both humor and sincerity to capture moments in time with a sense of compassion for the hard choices we must make to survive. 

Community gardens means bringing plants and people together. A recipe for success, but also comes with its challenges. This week, we shared tips on how to be successful for this next gardening venture.

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Longevity is hard to come by in the fast-shaping entertainment industry, but the actor Sam Elliott has carved out a career and a filmography over the last 50 years that suggests he's every bit as tough and tenacious as many as the characters he plays on screen. Sam Elliott was in El Paso in August for the U.S. premiere of his latest film, and we were lucky enough to spend some extra time together in the studio.
The conversation wandered far enough to fill two programs, and you can listen to part II of our conversation with Elliott next Saturday, September 29.

The mission of the Trost Society is to promote the legacy of Trost & Trost, one of the most iconic architectural firms of the American Southwest, and to educate the public about the architectural heritage of our region and the benefits of historic preservation.

Their Fall 2018 Rebuilding Trost event takes place on September 27, 2018 and will feature Paul Foster as keynote speaker. The event will be hosted in the atrium of the beautifully restored White House Department Store – now known as the Center Building. 

Shakespeare on-the-Rocks will celebrate its 30th season in the theater at the Chamizal National Memorial. The Festival opens with a new production of Macbeth followed by The Comedy of Errors and of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Lane Martin is a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Martin's work focuses on developing materials that will change the way we live. In particular, he works on the synthesis, characterization, and utilization of advanced functional electronic materials. Ultimately his research is aimed at enabling dream applications in areas ranging from new modes of computation, memory and data storage, energy conversion, sensing and transduction, actuation, and much more.

Stephanie Elizondo Griest is the author of the award-winning memoirs including Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana, and Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines. This week, we spoke with her on her most recent book, All the Agents and Saints - Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands, in which Elizondo Griest weaves seven years of stories into a meditation on the existential impact of international borderlines by illuminating the spaces in between.

UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance is opening their 2018-2019 season with a stage production of Rudolfo Anaya’s acclaimed Chicano novel Bless Me, Ultima.

This enchanting tale follows young Antonio Márez as he finds his way through a world filled with vaqueros, witches and corridos. With the guidance and protection of the curandera Ultima, Antonio finds his roots in the traditions of the llano and spreads his wings. 

The El Paso Chopin Music Festival Society presents the Festival each fall as a gift to the community.  This year’s season runs from September 22nd through October 20, 2018 and features several world class musicuans.

Pomegranates - a striking ornamental or a fruit producing shrub? Why it's both! Pomegranates are suitable for our climate and have many uses in the kitchen. This week, we shared tips on how to care for your pomegranates and properly harvest your yield this season. 

This year's U.S. Senate race between Ted Cruz and challenger Beto O'Rourke has received national attention, and a new documentary profiles the two men and campaigns. This week, we spoke with documentary filmmaker Steve Mims whose new film, Run Like the Devil, goes behind the scenes of the landmark political campaigns of Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke. The film plays tonight as part of the El Paso Film Festival, more information available at RunLikeTheDevil2018.com

Rudolfo Anaya is perhaps known as one of the best southwest writers nationally and internationally. One of his better-known works is a coming of age story, Bless Me, Ultima. This week, we visited with UTEP Theatre and Dance professor Rebecca Rivas to discuss the upcoming production of  Bless Me, Ultima. Shows will run from October 3rd - October 14th, more information and tickets available here

Dr. Steve Patterson is a professor of the Center for Drug Design at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Patterson’s research is particularly interested in creating an antidote for cyanide. Current treatments for cyanide poisoning are slow acting and can have serious life-threatening side effects. His research team is developing a series of antidotes that use an enzyme that converts cyanide to a non-toxic substance. His results have shown that these antidotes are more effective than current treatments available. Dr. Patterson continues to work on expanding this series of antidotes, to improve their efficacy in reversing cyanide toxicity, and to move these potential treatments into clinical trials.

The USS Indianapolis was charged by President Truman to deliver the components of the atomic bomb, from California to the Pacific Islands. But shortly after they delivered the cargo, they were struck by Japanese torpedos, sinking the ship. This week we spoke with co-authors Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic, authors of Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man. They shared their stories of the horrible incident, survivors, and the legacy of the USS Indianapolis.

Diana López is the author of the adult novella, Sofia's Saints and numerous middle-grade novels, including Confetti Girl, Nothing Up My Sleeve, and Lucky Luna. This week, we visited with López to discuss her novel adaptation for the Disney/Pixar film, Coco!

The Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts is all about bringing world-class contemporary art to our border community. They are about to kick off their fall programming with three poignant exhibitions. 

Cindy Gutierrez-Kräpp from Pins & Needles, graduated from FIT in NYC and most recently worked as an Assistant Store Manager, Visual Merchandiser and Display Artist at Purl Soho, also known as a yarn knitting Mecca.

Surrounded by incredible knitters, she quickly learned to create her own knit patterns and fell in love with the craft. 

Fall gardening starts NOW! This week, we shared which veggies are best grown in the fall and tips on how to keep your garden healthy and flourishing this season.

It's no small task to envision and create a film festival, and one intrepid filmmaker is hoping the region is ready for a premier event showcasing the best of new independent films from emerging filmmakers. Carlos Corral, founder and creator of the El Paso Film Festival, visited with us this week to share details on what audiences can expect at the festival, as well as an inside look on the creation of this new project.