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Musical Tribute to Victims of August 3rd

Aug 4, 2021

Conversiones, meaning Conversions, is a tribute to the victims of El Paso, Texas, tragically fallen in August 2019. As a proponent of new music by Latin American composers, Dr. Vince Dominguez commissioned Juan Trigos to write this work in fall 2019 and presented it as part of his dissertation project at Arizona State University in May 2020.  Conversiones is not a programmatic or descriptive work, but a composition that in the abstract aims to express the feeling of loss.

On this episode of El Paso Prime Time, Dee Woo talks to Verona Frescas, the institutional development coordinator at the Border Network for the Human Rights, about the tragic shooting that happened back on August 3, 2019. 

The second anniversary of the tragic event will be remembering and commemorating the victims. The event is a call against white supremacy, racism, and xenophobia. The memorial event will have the special appearance of Congresswoman Veronica Escobar, who will be honoring and remembering the victims. The El Paso Firme event will take place on August 3, at Ponder Park, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For more information, visit the Border Network for Human Rights on Facebook.

On this episode of El Paso Prime Time, Dee Woo talks to Estela Reyes, the public affairs information officer at Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, about an event commemorating the 23 lives lost in the Walmart shooting back on August 3, 2019.

The "Healing Together" will have El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego and Poets/Activists  Benjamin  Sáenz and Gris Muñoz as special guests.

Host Charles Horak welcomes On Film contributor Kyle Alvarado to explore two new summer releases, the Summer of Soul and Val. 

The anniversary of August 3rd is approaching and our friends at Chuco Relic are continuing their community spirit.

This year, they’ve created a limited edition El Paso Strong shirt with a portion of the proceeds going to El Pasoans Fighting Hunger.

Ziemba, aka René Kladzyk, is an El Paso-based musician and writer. She released her most recent album titled True Romantic, a collection of unabashed love songs, on Sister Polygon Records in September of last year.

The El Paso United FRC is hosting the "Love for El Paso," a luminaria drive-thru event on July 30 and 31 that will commemorate the victims of the tragic event. For more information, visit https://www.elpasounitedfrc.org/loveforelpaso.  

It is legal in Texas to leave dogs unattended by their owners without food, water, and adequate shelter under the health and safety codes. The law requires that an officer can only interfere after 24 hours waiting period and give a warning. On  ACT Radio, Liz, Tom, and Greg talk to Stacy Sutton Kerby, director of government relations for the Texas Humane Legislation Network, about animal cruelty and Breed-specific Legislation.  She also mentions how the Texas governor vetoed the Safety Outdoor Act. Sutton has worn several hats for THLN, including Volunteer Coordinator, Director of Operations, and Legislative Liaison, providing testimony and research on various issues, including puppy mills, private ownership of dangerous wild animals, greyhound racing, and reptile roundups. 

Originally aired July 25, 2021

Paradox Immersive Art is a new gallery space located on the Mission Trail in Socorro.  The gallery is located inside of an adobe hacienda called Hacienda Apodaca.

Paradox Immersive Art gallery showcases art by Laura Turon and by featured artist David Delgado.

Old Sheepdog Brewery is a nano brewery located in the heart of El Paso by Lincoln Park. They make great beer, show local art and host live music shows…a little bit of everything (including food pop-ups). 

Host Charles Horak welcomes Jennifer Merin. President and Founder of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, AWFJ, "a non-profit organization founded in 2006. It is based in New York City and is dedicated to supporting work by and about women in the film industry.

Juan Ornelas is a proud El Pasoan, and a pop artist who calls his art style “Chuco Pop.” He’s an acrylic painter who uses the beautiful, quirky, binational culture clash of the US - Mexico border to create pop art influenced by this unique part of the world.

His current exhibition at Galeria Lincoln titled “Juanted, Pop Art Expressions by Juan Ornelas” consists of thirty new works and runs through the end of July 2021.

Ceramist Phillip Romero has teamed up with art teacher Alicia Villalobos to create a unique art space for people of all ages called Can Do Community Art Studio.

At Can Do, people can create paintings, drawings and ceramics. 

The University of Texas at El Paso will pay tribute to the life of UTEP President Emerita Diana Natalicio at a Celebration of Life at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, in UTEP’s Centennial Plaza.

The celebration will be open to the public. It also will be livestreamed at utep.edu/natalicio.

Approximately 300 dogs and cats were flown by private planes out of a crowded El Paso animal shelter in one of the biggest non-disaster pet rescues in history. On ACT Radio, Greg, Liz, and Tom chat with Tim Woodward, Executive Director of Animal Rescue Corps, about this amazing mission to send companion animals to regions of the country where they’re sure to be adopted quickly. They also discuss the various ways you can help support companion animals in our community as well as Animal Rescue Corps’ other large-scale rescue work to help abused and neglected animals in puppy mills, hoarding cases, and animal fighting rings. 

Lee and Bobby Byrd
Angela Kocherga / KTEP

Bobby and Lee Byrd  raised the profile of books about the border, Mexican-American culture and more. The husband and wife started Cinco Puntos press in their home in El Paso’s Five Points Neighborhood in 1985. Their small publishing company helped launch the careers of award-winning authors.

El Paso Summer Musical Theatre Intensive returns with the Broadway hit Godspell! Performances will run from July 8th through the 11th, 2021 at Keystone Heritage Park.

Rap Seminar is a Hip Hop education and promotion platform that showcases the literary techniques of underground rappers via social media and live or virtual workshops. They also provide lyrical analysis and Rap Stat services to emcees, record labels, and academics seeking statistical data about the literary skills that Hip Hop artists employ.

Aside from these endeavors, Rap Seminar is creating an artist development support system, and has a line of clothing for the lyrically minded available at rapseminar.com

Host Charles Horak welcomes El Paso Director Manuel Crosby and Producer Brandon Kraus to discuss their new indie film "First Date", it's Summer release date and it's mainstream appeal.

Driven by a responsibility to integrate past and present stories of land and foodways in the Paso del Norte region and beyond, La Semilla Food Center and Zeke Peña are collaborating on a zine about our national food policy (the Farm Bill).

Set in Vado, NM, the zine breaks down the policy's history and its impact on communities.  It is at once a work of art, history, archival research, and storytelling. They hope it can get folks excited to work on policy changes to the Farm Bill, and on all food policy, from the federal to local levels.

Cult Studios is a studio and shop which serves as open studios for local creatives Agaah Hat Co, contemporary jewler Jess Tolbert and painter Ivan Calderon. 

The Hawai'ian Islands are ground zero for the aquarium trade where reef fish are captured and trafficked for hobbyists’ tanks. At any given moment, 28 million fish are in the aquarium trade pipeline and many die within a year of capture, generating even more demand. On ACT Radio, Liz and Tom talk with writer, producer and director Paula Fouce about her new film,
 The Dark Hobby,
 which exposes this ongoing crisis and follows a group of Native Hawaiian Elders, conservationists, and scientists in their fight to ensure the survival of reef wildlife.

Are you trying to live more sustainably? One of the best weays to do so is to change your diet.

 On ACT Radio, Liz and Tom talk with Monica Chen, Executive Director of the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition about their fact-based, engaging presentations on the true impacts of animal agriculture and how they can support you, your friends, co-workers, and other community members in making more sustainable and humane choices.

Pfc. Christian Alvarado booking photo
El Paso Police Department

EL PASO -- Pfc. Christian Alvarado has begun serving an 18 year, three month sentence for sexually assaulting fellow solider  Asia Graham and another woman. He was aquitted for sexually assaulting two other women. Judge Robert Shuck sentenced Alvarado on Friday after a week of emotional testimony from victims and Alvarado who took the stand in his own defense during the court-martial.  

The Remains of COVID is a project inspired by the sudden death of Daniel Hernandez’ beloved mother Lucia. After she passed, he sat for days in his childhood home surrounded by her personal items.

The COVIDing of Lucia (condlences from…) is a small series of stark still lifes of the withering sympathy floral arrangements Hernandez received that capture love, life, decay, and death.

The Remains of COVID is collaborative effort and Hernandez is inviting those who have lost a loved one to share images.