Rickmobile brings out El Paso’s interdimensional comedy fans

Rick and Morty, the Adult Swim show created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon has amassed a large following that only continues to grow after its third season. Fans say the show is different from other adult animated shows and quickly becomes addictive.”




Natalia Lafourcade Returns to El Paso at Plaza Theatre

Natalia Lafourcade, the Mexican singer and songwriter originally from Veracruz, is returning to El Paso for the first time since releasing her latest album, Musas, on Columbia Records this past May.

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This is Lafourcade’s first time back to El Paso since her show at Speaking Rock September of 2016. Since then, he relates album has received critical acclaim. According to a press release from Sony Music, this album was a long time in the work and took Lafourcade through several countries including México, Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Italy, Panamá, Spain, Chile, Perú y and the United States.

Julyssa Lopez from NPR Music said about one song, that it was “both a stunning eulogy and a nod to Latin American folk music, “Rocío De Todos Los Campos” reflects the traditional sounds that have inspired Lafourcade’s forthcoming album, Musas, on which she’s collaborated with acoustic guitar masters Los Macorinos.”

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Lafourcade will be performing at the Plaza Theatre for the first time.

UTEP Professor’s Poem Featured in New York Times Magazine

Sasha Pimentel, professor in the Creative Writing department at the University of Texas at El Paso, had a poem featured in the New York Times Magazine titled, “Last Photography of My Mother Laughing.” The poem was selected by 2010 National Book Award winner, Terrence Hayes.

Of the poem, Hayes wrote, “ekphrastic poetry is generally in response to art, usually paintings, and this poem’s opening gesture is ekphrastic. It even compares the mother to Venus, to marble. But then it goes on to treat the photograph as a sort of window, a portal wherein the mother jumps across space and time.

Pimentel has her second collection of poetry being published later this month with Beacon Press.

Cuban college students use “cachivache,” junk, to create online treasure

Daniella Fernandez, 21, an under graduate student at the University of Havana and community manager for the web magazine, explained why the magazine she helped launch 18 months ago was named after the Cuban word for junk.

“Cachivache is this old technological thing; it could be a TV, a phone, Russian, Chinese, whatever comes to Cuba and how we use it and transform it to our own necessities here in Cuba,” Fernandez said during an interview with a UTEP student in Havana this summer. “That’s a very common thing to do. Its done in medicine; its done in education; its part of our culture; taking advantage of what we have.”

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Havana, Cuba


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Here are some of the photos I took during my time in Havana, Cuba. It was an incredible experience; the Cuban people were always very hospitable and amicable, going out of their way to help non-locals with directions or just engaging in conversation. I was able to meet with various professors and professionals in different fields ranging from journalism to economics. One very interesting presentation was given by the community manager for an non independent press called Cachivache, that reminded me greatly to my online magazine, Con Safos. Some stories should be getting published soon so I’ll leave the rest for that.