El Cosmico’s Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love is done!
My face may look young, but the body is old. In other words, I’m beat, but I had fun.
You can check out all the fun (if you haven’t already) on the Instagram featuring photos of Girl in a Coma, Ben Kweller, the Austin vs. Marfa baseball game and many local favorites.
Above is a teaser featuring St. Vincent singing the National Anthem.
What a crazy life I live in Marfa, TX.

El Cosmico’s Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love is done!

My face may look young, but the body is old. In other words, I’m beat, but I had fun.

You can check out all the fun (if you haven’t already) on the Instagram featuring photos of Girl in a Coma, Ben Kweller, the Austin vs. Marfa baseball game and many local favorites.

Above is a teaser featuring St. Vincent singing the National Anthem.

What a crazy life I live in Marfa, TX.

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You don’t have to rush to take that selfie after all.
I reported yesterday that TxDOT has allowed Prada Marfa stay. It was dragged into the art vs. advertising debate after local resident Lineaus Lorette filed a complaint against Playboy Marfa last year. You can read more at http://bigbendnow.com/2014/09/prada-marfa-can-stay-txdot-says/
Here’s a photo I took of Prada Marfa from a train ride almost a year ago today. (at Prada)

You don’t have to rush to take that selfie after all.

I reported yesterday that TxDOT has allowed Prada Marfa stay. It was dragged into the art vs. advertising debate after local resident Lineaus Lorette filed a complaint against Playboy Marfa last year. You can read more at http://bigbendnow.com/2014/09/prada-marfa-can-stay-txdot-says/

Here’s a photo I took of Prada Marfa from a train ride almost a year ago today. (at Prada)

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My first experience with 24-Hour Plays

That Damn Trainimage

by
Sarah Vasquez
and
Andrew E. Colarusso

Dramatis Personae

Buzz – played by Ben; an aloof, nerdy young man about town

Amelia – played by Jessica; a charming barista at café Squirt, the object of Buzz’s affection

Hadley – played by Cat; a down-to-earth girl-next-door who likes Buzz

I survived my first 24-Hour Plays.

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Little Joe y La Familia, Vizcaino Park. August 16, 2014.

Some highlights:

  • I grew up to this man’s music so this was a fun show (even though I got there late).
  • I took these photos in the rain, which is not an easy feat. I had an umbrella, but due to West Texas’ strong winds, it broke.
  • People danced despite the rain. I guess Abraham Quintanilla was right… We really do just want to dance.

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It’s always great to be back in Austin, even for a brief weekend. It’s where I grew up for most of my life. It’s where I learned how to be a reporter. It’s where my family and some of my best friends live.
It’s home.
But it’s not for me.
I have a love/hate relationship with the city of Austin.
It’s like that relationship you had many years ago. It was great while it happened. He may have been your first love. He was there for you during an awkward period of your life.
But shit happens.
You become different people. You grow apart. You realize you’re not meant for each other, and that’s ok. Sometimes, it just doesn’t work out.
But it’s not like you’re bitter. He will always have a piece of your heart. You always feel a little flutter every time you see him, which, of course, makes you wonder why ya broke up in the first place. You start to second guess that decision. Maybe it could work out, but then reality sets in.
He’s suffocates you and doesn’t let you try new things. Oh right, that’s why ya broke up. This is not the same guy you fell in love with.
At least with your new boyfriend, he keeps you entertained, for the most part, and gives you space. Sometimes a little too much space, but whatever, it’s a nice change. He’s opened your eyes to new experiences and introduced you to people you never thought you’d hang out with when you were with your ex-boyfriend. Plus, he has great connections.
But… with the new boyfriend, sigh, it kind of feels like a routine after a while.
So I’m torn.

It’s always great to be back in Austin, even for a brief weekend. It’s where I grew up for most of my life. It’s where I learned how to be a reporter. It’s where my family and some of my best friends live.

It’s home.

But it’s not for me.

I have a love/hate relationship with the city of Austin.

It’s like that relationship you had many years ago. It was great while it happened. He may have been your first love. He was there for you during an awkward period of your life.

But shit happens.

You become different people. You grow apart. You realize you’re not meant for each other, and that’s ok. Sometimes, it just doesn’t work out.

But it’s not like you’re bitter. He will always have a piece of your heart. You always feel a little flutter every time you see him, which, of course, makes you wonder why ya broke up in the first place. You start to second guess that decision. Maybe it could work out, but then reality sets in.

He’s suffocates you and doesn’t let you try new things. Oh right, that’s why ya broke up. This is not the same guy you fell in love with.

At least with your new boyfriend, he keeps you entertained, for the most part, and gives you space. Sometimes a little too much space, but whatever, it’s a nice change. He’s opened your eyes to new experiences and introduced you to people you never thought you’d hang out with when you were with your ex-boyfriend. Plus, he has great connections.

But… with the new boyfriend, sigh, it kind of feels like a routine after a while.

So I’m torn.

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Big Bend Sentinel: Lumberyard gallery showcases memories through snapshots

Lumberyard gallery showcases memories through snapshots

MARFA – West Texas memories are featured in a photography and found objects exhibition called “Seeing and Hearing Memories,” curated by Francesca Altamura.

Altamura moved to Marfa in January to intern at the art and culture non-profit, Ballroom Marfa. Ballroom Marfa encourages their interns to put together an exhibition of their own work, but Altamura is a curator.

“I said I’m not an artist. I’ve nothing to show,” said Altamura.

Click here to read the rest at BigBendNow.com.

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Big Bend Sentinel: 25-year old super group twangs during Viva Big Bend

One of the articles I wrote to preview this year’s Viva Big Bend Music Festival.

25-year old super group twangs during Viva Big Bend
Originally published on July 25, 2014

MARFA, ALPINE – Twang Twang Shock-A-Boom is celebrating 25 years as a band this year. During their tenure, they’ve released an album, “Me so Twangy,” in 1990, performed a show at Willie Nelson’s Picnic that included the late Man-in-Black Johnny Cash and Kris Kristopherson and many other highlights.

Bassist Jeff Haley thinks it’s pretty unique that people would choose to decide to play together even if they took a 10-year break from 1996 through 2006. Everyone stayed busy with other projects though.

“I guess that we did take a hiatus, which probably helped us longevity-wise,” said Haley. “It’s a music relationship that we connect.”

Click here to read the rest at BigBendNow.com.

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