Winter Storm Hits West Texas, Causing Power Outages at Marfa, Texas

Winter Storm Hits West Texas, Causing Power Outages at Marfa, Texas

Icy winter conditions in West Texas brought numerous power outages to areas served by AEP Texas. The locations most severely affected include Marfa, Valentine, Fort Davis and Marathon. Some parts of Presidio, as well as the Calamity Creek, Country Club Estates and Sunny Glen neighborhoods outside of Alpine were affected as well.

Marfa lost power at 2PM on Sunday afternoon after the winter ice storm hit Far West Texas, leaving many electrical lines twisted on the ground. A 138-kV transmission line from Barilla Junction to Alamito Creek went out of service. The city of Presidio switched to battery power, which only ran 14 hours before being drained Monday morning at 10AM

There were nine substations reported to be out of service as the icy conditions downed power lines, cross arms and utilities poles as increased weight accumulated on the power lines. Several poles between the Alamity and Barillo electrical substations in the Pasiano Pass were snapped like twigs on the ground. 50 cross-arms holding electrical wires needed replacement as well. AEP Texas vice president of the electric distribution, Bruce Evans, apologized for the inconvenience caused by the storm and assured citizens that they are working as hard as they could to get the power restored as quickly and safely as possible.

AEP Texas have nearly 100 employees and contractors in the area working on affected zones. Their contingency plan includes calling sub-contractors from Oklahoma and Texasin addition to local crews. The break in poor weather on Monday gave AEP the chance to flya surveillance plane in to take an aerial view of the damage done on the utility lines.

This Monday, AEP has made significant progress in restoring power to West Texas communities that lost service. Residents of Marfa Texas were reconnected to the power grid on Monday afternoon. Though Marfa residents are now enjoying electricity again, areas south and west of Alpine were still without power.

Customers are free to call the AEP Texas Customer Solutions Center (866-223-8508) to report any downed power lines, power outages and any unsafe conditions.

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Exploring San Diego, California

Exploring San Diego, California

San Diego, California, is considered by many to be one of the finest cities in the United States. It is known throughout the world for its lovely, moderate-climate all year round, and it has beautiful sunny beaches that attract many visitors.

There are countless water sports activities, zoos, and parks, such as Sea World Adventure Park and Mission Beach, that provide entertainment for both adults and kids alike. Sea World Adventure Park combines the allure of marine animals with the thrill of an amusement park, which makes it an exciting place to spend a whole day feeding dolphins from your hands and watching sea lions and the world-famous killer whale, Shamu. It also features the “Ride to Atlantis” Water Coaster and the Wild Arctic Exploration.

Misson Beach, on the other hand, is the perfect place to relax and enjoy and slower pace.   It is a favorite among people who love the beach, but aren’t interested in big waves and rougher waters. It has lots of green space as well, making it a beautiful place to have a picnic and watch the world go by.

Old Town is another destination you shouldn’t miss. It is a must-see state park that showcases the glorious past of San Diego. It is filled with numerous Mexican restaurants, galleries, museums and fine shops.

San Diego also offers wonderful accommodations. Grand Del Mar is one of its best resorts you can choose from. In fact, it is one of only four resorts in the nation to have a Forbes 5-star rating. The resort is located in suburban Del Mar near La Jolla. It has exceptional dining, spas, golf, and other sports facilities. It offers rooms that are larger than regular hotel standards, so they feel more like suites and apartments equipped with wet bars, terraces, beautiful bathrooms, and a residential feel.

San Diego is a beautiful destination worth visiting, whether you are looking for adventure or a nice place to take your family vacation.  No wonder it hosts more than 30 million tourists every year!

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Sunset at Chinati

Sunset at Chinati

Next weekend, the Chinati Foundation – a contemporary art museum in Marfa, Texas, founded by artist Donald Judd – will hold a free open viewing of the founder’s 100 works in mill and 15 works in concrete. This event is scheduled for Friday, November 29, from 5:00 to 6:30 PM on the Chinati Foundation premises.

Donald Clarence Judd (June 3, 1928 – February 12, 1994) was an American artist associated with minimalism. Judd was born in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, and earned his degree in philosophy at Columbia University School of General Studies. He started his career by practicing as a painter, but later abandoned it for sculpting. His works then matured into making room-sized installations that made the spaces themselves his playground and viewing his art a visceral, physical experience. Later, Judd began working on furniture, design, and architecture as well.

He moved from New York to Marfa, where he purchased the land where he founded the Chinati Foundation with the help of the Dia Art Foundation. The Chinati Foundation is an institution that sponsors art and education programs by establishing close links to the local community and other cultural institutions and universities in the United States and abroad. The specific aim of Chinati Foundation is to preserve and present to the public permanent, large-scale installations by a limited number of artists. The foundation opened its doors to the public in 1986 and was originally conceived to exhibit the work of Judd, John Chamberlain, and Dan Flavin. The collection was then expanded to include 15 concrete and 100 aluminum outdoor works by Judd, 25 sculptures by Chamberlain, an installation by Flavin, and various other works by Carl Andre, Ingolfur Arnarsson, Roni Horn, Ilya Kabakov, Richard Long, Claes Oldenburg, Coosje van Bruggen, David Rabinowitch, and John Wesley.

Judd has also taught about art and its relationship with architecture in several academic institutions across the United Sates, Europe, and Asia. During his lifetime, Judd has published a large body of theoretical writings in which he promotes the cause of Minimalist Art. He has also received many fellowships and was honored by a large exhibition at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven. 

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Vacation in New Orleans

Vacation in New Orleans

If you have ever dreamed about visiting New Orleans, there is no better time than now. This city is famous for its southern hospitality, Bourbon Street’s notorious nightlife, the world-renowned French Quarter,  and Magazine Street with its many boutiques and antique shops. There is no doubt why it is one of the top ten most visited cities in the United States.

New Orleans is also the home to many celebrations. Carnival, also referred to as Mardi Gras, is the most famous and popular one. It is a series of parties and events that culminates in a huge day of festivities that is held annually on the last Tuesday before the Catholic season of Lent commences.  Fat Tuesday, as they call it, is world-renowned for its extravagance, and it is the largest celebration of its kind in the United States.

Upon visiting New Orleans, you should be sure to experience is the Natchez Steamboat. It is one of the best ways to experience the city from the banks of the Mississippi River. This very luxurious steam boat with three decks and several restaurants offers one and two-day guided cruises.

New Orleans is also world-famous for its food, and one of its most popular specialties is beignets, which are square-shaped fried pastries that could be called “French doughnuts”. They are served with a coffee and chicory blended drink.  Creole cooking is also popular and offers a unique blend of flavors that reflects the French and African-infused influences of the city.

If you plan to pamper yourself while in New Orleans, make the Ritz-Carton New Orleans your home base of choice. It is a 14-story hotel that is adjacent to French Quarter’s Canal Street and just a block from Buorbon Street. It is a luxurious property with rooms and suites that are filled with all of the amenities you would expect. It also offers a full-service spa and a gym.  The hotel is elegant and the staffs are warm and courteous, making every guest feel like royalty. M Bistro, its signature restaurant, features local specialties and has a full service bistro that serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea. Life jazz and cocktails can be found in the Davenport Lounge.

Start planning your vacation ahead to ensure you experience the rich culture of New Orleans in its entirety.  It is a unique place unlike any other and is sure to go down as one of your favorite destinations once you visit.

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Crowley Theater Annex Reading & Lecture: Clark Coolidge

Clark CoolidgeComing up on Friday, November 22 at 6:00 pm, there will be a reading and lecture event in the Crowley Theater Annex located in between Marfa Book Company and Marfa Public Radio in the old St. George Hotel building on Highland Avenue.  This event is presented by the Marfa Book Company and Chinati Foundation.

The reading will be given by Clark Coolidge, an American poet. Born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, Coolidge is both an experimental poet and a jazz musician. He attended Brown University and moved to New York City in the early 1960s. He has been associated with the Language School and the New York School.

His work utilizes syntactical and sonic patterns to engage and generate meaning. He noted in a 1968 poetics statement, “Words have a universe of qualities other than those of descriptive relation: Hardness, Density, Sound-shape, Vector-force, and Degrees of Transparency/Opacity”. For fifty years, Coolidge has been publishing books that have challenged and even changed our ideas of what a poem is.

He is working in an experimental tradition similar to Gertrude Stein, Louis Zukofsky, and Jack Kerouac. His numerous collections of poetry include; This Time We Are Both (2010); Sound as Thought (1990), which was chosen for the New American Poetry Series; Own Face (1978); Flag Flutter and U.S. Electric (1966). He is also known for his collaborations with visual artists and musicians, including the painter Philip Guston, the Quartet, and most recently with Thurston Moore (of Sonic Youth). Everyone is invited for this event with Mr. Coolidge and admission is free.

The Theater  is located on 340 acres of land on the site of former Fort D.A. Russell in Marfa, Texas and sponsors art and education programs establishing close links to the local community and other cultural institutions and universities in the United States and abroad.

The Marfa Book Company is a bookstore, publisher, art gallery, film, music, and performance space and is located at 105 South Highland, Marfa, Texas. This establishment focuses on art, architecture, design, and poetry titles but also carries a large number of Texas Regional, fiction, philosophy, and history titles. It also has a small Children’s Book section, and a good selection of magazines.

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Experience the Luxury of the King Kamehameha Suite

Experience the Luxury of the King Kamehameha Suite

Hawaii is considered to have some of the best beaches and most beautiful scenery in the world. Spending your vacation on one of Hawaii’s islands is certain to be a pleasurable experience filled with fun and relaxation.  In fact, one of Hawaii’s attractions is its many luxurious hotels that offer the perfect setting for your vacation memories.

One such property is the Royal Hawaiian, a beautiful beachfront Luxury Collection Resort that features the King Kamehameha Suite.  King Kamehameha is an important part of Hawaii’s history and he made his home on the very land where the resort stands today. The hotel owners and staff pattern their actions around him to reconstruct the grandeur of royal living for their guests. The suite offers a breathtaking oceanfront view and sits along the famous Waikiki shoreline.

Shades of red and yellow, which are the colors of the Hawaiian monarchy, welcome you at the door of this magnificent suite. It is decorated in traditional Polynesian style and contains beautiful wood floors. The six-room suite includes a lanai balcony space. It also has a kitchen that is fully equipped with Viking appliances and includes beautiful wood cabinetry and granite countertops. It has three luxurious bathrooms, a wireless internet connection, flat screen TVs, and king-size beds in each room. It also features spa services and a soaking tub with ocean views of Moloka’i and Lana’i islands and the West Maui Mountains.

The King Kamehameha Suite is the perfect place to rewind and relax.  It is available for $2,999 per night and gives you an experience that you will never forget.

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Marfa Live Arts Showcases Different Artists

Marfa Live Arts Showcases Different Artists

This Friday, November 8, Marfa Live Arts will have an evening full of great music, style, and poetry. It will be held at the Crowley Theater, and profits from the show will go toward helping the Marfa High School and Marfa Live Arts’ student playwriting in-school workshop, which will be held in February 2014.

Terry Allen, a country music singer from Texas, will serenade the audience with his music during the event.  He has recorded eight albums over 25 years and has also worked together with David Byrne on the soundtrack of True Stories. Aside from being a great singer, he is also into painting and conceptual art.

Jo Harvey Allen, an American writer, actress, and artist, will showcase a few selections from her most recent books Home Run and Beautiful Waitress. During the 1970s, she had the opportunity to be one of the first performance artists who presented in cafes, art galleries, and museums in the US. She is also well-known for her excellent work in film and her one-woman plays.

Other artists to be featured will include Meliza Brandin, a drama coach, dance instructor, and professional stage actress in Lima, Peru, who has most recently been in Cinderella and Jesus Christ Superstar. Hudson Henry, Pop/Rock solo artist from Los Angeles, will also be performing. He just finished recording his new album New Eyes, which is about his near death experience due to illness. Lastly, Kate O’Toole will also showcase her acting skills. She has performed in different productions including Summer and Smoke. She also made an appearance in Channel 4’s Forgiven and in the first and third season of the Showtime series The Tudors. Her role as Eleanor in Rough Magic Theatre Company’s production of Terry Johnson’s Dead Funny has brought her to the Irish Times Theatre awards, where she was nominated for Best Actress. She brought home the Best Actress award from the Barclays/Arts Council Theatre Awards for her performance as B in the Three Tall Women.

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