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Selling/Branding/Pitching El Paso

Radio la Chusma, photographed here by Victoria Molinar in Downtown El Paso, is the subject of a piece by Morris Pittle about the branding of El Paso.


One of the conversation strains in El Paso is how to pitch this town out of market. Recently Pittle, manager of Radio la Chusma and president of Two Ton Creativity, wrote a piece about Radio la Chusma’s performance at the House of Blues in Anaheim, Ca., and it was more than a show review, it was more like a floor plan on how to address our branding issues and sell the city. Not only is it is worth the time to read the piece (it’s smart and interesting) but it’s the best framing of the branding/marketing/selling issue that I’ve read in a while, if not  ever. -Lisa Degliantoni


El Paso Fun Facts: 10 Tallest Buildings in EP

This is going to be a new feature on the EPMG blog – El Paso fun facts. While scanning El Paso’s Wikipedia page for some info this morning, I stumbled upon this list of the 10 tallest buildings in El Paso. How fun is that? And the fun fact footnote is all of these buildings are in Downtown El Paso! -Lisa Degliantoni


Events: Coffee with Senator Shapleigh

El Paso, how often do you get invited to have a cup of coffee with your elected officials? Senator Shapleigh invites you to come to his offices, meet his team and discuss El Paso politics the first Friday of every month. For those who can not visit, Senator Shapleigh has created an “interactive visit forum” on his website,


What:  “Coffee with Eliot” Open House and Interactive Visit
Where:  800 Wyoming Ave., Suite A, El Paso, Texas 79902
When:  10 a.m. – noon, Friday, September 4, 2009

For more info contact Claudia Ordaz at (915) 544-1990

Events: Panel to Focus on Health Disparities Research at UTEP

This week, El Paso will help frame America’s health care discussion with a panel focusing on health disparities research at UTEP. From Sept. 2-4, the public is invited to hear from UTEP alumni Dr. James Rohack, president of the American Medical Association (AMA), and Dr. Willarda Edwards, president of the National Medical Association (NMA), will attend the meeting along with Dr. Elena Rios, president and CEO of the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA), all focusing on health care along the U.S.-Mexico border. News of the conference has made it all the way to the New York Times, both in the Sunday paper and online in the Prescriptions blog. For more information on the conference, visit the EPMG calendar.

Events: If you love the Franklin Mountains, mark your calendars

And invite sent to our inbox:

16th annual Celebration of Our Mountains Sept. 19-Nov. 8, 2009

Information: 542-1422 or

The 16th annual Celebration of Our Mountains is a six-week-long festival of events to encourage appreciation of the El Paso region’s environment. Dozens of hikes, field trips, driving tours, nature walks and other activities will be offered to the public Sept. 19-Nov. 8. Most events are free; some have costs listed for park entry fees, transportation or other nominal expenses.

Originally organized by the UTEP Department of Geological Sciences, the annual festival is overseen by a volunteer committee. Other participating groups include Texas Master Natural, El Paso Audubon Society, El Paso Native Plant Society, El Paso Ridge Walkers, Concordia Heritage Association, Keystone Heritage Park and others. Sponsors include the University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso Independent School District, Ardovino’s Desert Crossing and El Paso Scene.

The binational event highlights the natural and cultural history of the mountains — the Franklins in west Texas, the Sierra de Juarez in northern Chihuahua and Cerro de Cristo Rey and Organ Mountains in southern New Mexico — and other natural resources and attractions. For more information, go to The website will have updated schedules.

RevCo and their abs

The industrial metal band, which is set to launch their world tour next month from El Paso at Club 101, was on hand to meet fans and show some abs action. RevCo was founded in 1983 by producer Al Jourgensen of Ministry, who now works as the band’s producer and sometimes collaborator.


Blog Watch: EP Culture Beat

There is a new batch of writers in town who, along with us at EPMG, want to project all that El Paso has to offer. Equipped with writing chops and a broad cultural capital, the people behind EP Culture Beat offer frank and well-researched concert and album reviews, interviews with local politicians and cultural criticism.

As strong proponents of keeping El Pasoans well informed about everything from the latest city council meeting to local band profiles, the EPMG staff is excited to see what EP Culture Beat has to offer. -Elizabeth Ruiz


Moda Urbana 8.27.09: El Paso Magazine Best Of Party

Last night was the 5th annual Best of El Paso party, a night designated to celebrate the Best Of El Paso award recipients. The winners were handpicked by readers in El Paso Magazine’s annual poll and published in the June issue. They picked up plaques and mingled with other winners and other attendants.

The night also brought people dressed to impress, and it wasn’t just the models on the runway for the fashion show organized by fashion blog The Rest Is Just Icing. From unconventional and bold accessories to neuvo-rockabilly inspired dresses paired with tattoos, these fashion-forward El Pasoans put on their best for Best Of.





Moda Urbana 8.21.09: Making a Splash

I couldn’t help but feature this woman in Moda Urbana. The dress looks like something Daryl Hannah would have worn in the movie Splash. Of course this woman was attending El Paso Opera’s black tie fundraiser, Encores & Overtures, so she was totally dressed appropriately. I say “way to make a splash!” -Lisa Degliantoni


Moda Urbana photographers search the El Paso streets, armed only with a camera, to photograph smartly-dressed citizens and post the photos on this blog.

La Virgen visits destruction by David Quintanilla


Photographer David Quintanilla will have a photography exhibit “David’s Goliath” on Saturday, September 12th 2009, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. at the First Avenue Lofts, 300 S. Florence St. For more information visit or call 915-875-4450