Summer Stock Kicks Off Play Series With High Energy Drama
Sep01

Summer Stock Kicks Off Play Series With High Energy Drama

Special to the Laredo Sun Heidy Guajardo (left) and Marco Antonio Coronado (center) listen attentively as Alex Rodriguez (right) addresses the father-daughter duo in the opening scene of Hispanic playwright Edwin Sanchez’s Broadway drama Unmerciful Good Fortune on Friday, June 12 at the Guadalupe and Lilia Martinez Fine Arts Center, room 102. The play is the first of three productions hosted by the Laredo Community College Summer Stock Theater Project. The final two plays Who’s On First and Match are set to premiere during back-to-back weekends on June 18 through 21 and June 25 through 28, respectively. Performances are scheduled Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. in the Martinez Fine Arts Center Theater. Tickets are $10 for adults or $5 for senior citizens and...

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Pot For Pets: Marijuana Cookies For Ailing Dogs Hit Market
Apr20

Pot For Pets: Marijuana Cookies For Ailing Dogs Hit Market

  ABC News   With medical marijuana now legal in 23 states, and recreational use permitted in four states as well as Washington, D.C., a burgeoning cannabis industry is blooming in America. The latest crop of potentially lucrative products? Pot for pets. Biscuits, edibles and capsules containing cannabis compounds are being marketed to owners of ailing and elderly animals as natural pain relievers and anti-inflammatory supplements. But these products aren’t getting Fido stoned, claim proponents. “The cannabis plant has many compounds in it,” said Matthew J. Cote, brand manager at San Francisco bay area edibles manufacturer Auntie Dolores, which launched its pet-focused line Treatibles in 2014. “Most people breed cannabis for the euphoric experience of THC. But they’ve been overlooking cannabidiol — commonly known as CBD — which is non-psychoactive.” Citing studies in Israel that suggest CBD can be used to treat epilepsy, inflammation and pain relief, Auntie Dolores decided to infuse dog biscuits as animals suffer from some of those same ailments, said Cote. Sold online for $22 per bag of 40 treats, Treatibles contain 1 milligram of CBD per treat. The company’s recommended dose is 1 milligram per 20-pound animal. “What we’ve seen is that some of these dogs respond very rapidly,” said Cote. “One woman from Fort Bragg was ready to put down her dog due to how sick and in pain he was, but the day before he was scheduled to go under, she administered our treats and just like that the dog was up, walking around and acting normally again.” Canna Companion, a Sultan, Washington-based producer of pet capsules that combine strains of dried, powdered hemp, received similar success stories and testimonials from its customers. “Just want to say how much this product has helped my animals,” writes one pet owner on the brand’s Facebook page. “Bug, [my] 18-year-old cat, is playing, sleeping next to me at night, being curious and exploring… her back pain is nearly gone. I can pet her all over and she purrs! She has NEVER, until being on hemp, enjoyed being petted.” Co-owner of Canna Companion and licensed veterinarian Dr. Sarah Brandon, developed her product after a decade of trials and formula refinements with her own pets and strays. But that didn’t prevent the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from sending her a notice last month, warning that the capsules were an “unapproved new animal drug and your marketing of it violates the [Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic] Act.” Even in states where medical marijuana is legal, veterinarians are not empowered to prescribe cannabis products to pets. Similarly, producers of hemp-based edibles, treats and capsules are limited in how they may advertise the...

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Master Performers @ TAMIU Features Guzman  Tonight
Apr08

Master Performers @ TAMIU Features Guzman Tonight

Special to the Laredo Sun Master performer and pianist Christopher Guzman will perform a varied program at the upcoming Texas A&M International University (TAMIU)  Master Performers @ TAMIUWednesday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the TAMIU Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Fernando A Salinas Charitable Trust, TAMIU Residential Life and the National Endowment for the Arts. Guzman will perform a varied program which includes the lush and expansive Sonata in G Major by Franz Schubert as well as a short piece by American composer William Bolcom  and Scriabin’s White Mass Sonata. Guzman regularly performs for audiences throughout North America, Europe and Asia, as soloist and chamber musician. He is a multiple prizewinner in many international competitions, including the Walter M. Naumburg Competition, the Seoul International Music Competition and the Isang Yun Competition of South Korea. He recently garnered the grand prize and several special prizes at the 10th Concours International de Piano d’Orléans of Orléans, France. As a result, he regularly travels to France to perform in Paris and throughout the Loire Valley. Guzman released a CD of German and Austrian music from the past 100 years, “Vienne et après,” in 2014. He has performed in several venues including Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie’s Weill Hall, and London’s Wigmore Hall and he has performed with members of the world’s finest orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. A Texas native, Guzman studied for many years with Kenneth Thompson, of the Musical Arts Center of San Antonio. He later worked with Jerome Lowenthal and Robert McDonald at the Juilliard School, Anton Nel at the University of Texas at Austin, and the late Patricia Zander at the New England Conservatory. He is currently assistant professor of piano at Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania. For more information contact Brendan Townsend, assistant professor of music at 326.3039 or btownsend@tamiu.edu. Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Additional information is available at www.tamiu.edu and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube....

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Memory Of Art Instructor Lives On In Gallery Naming, Art Show
Mar29

Memory Of Art Instructor Lives On In Gallery Naming, Art Show

Special to the Laredo Sun In memory of her outstanding influence on the students and community of Laredo, Martha F. Fenstermaker will be honored in a reception to officially name the Visual Arts Gallery in her honor and to unveil an art exhibit offering a retrospective of her art work on Wednesday, April 1 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The former art instructor and head of the Visual Arts Department, who taught various forms of visual arts for more than 30 years, incorporated her passion into humanitarian work by becoming involved  in the city’s and state’s historical and nature preservation endeavors. Along with her two sisters, Fenstermaker devoted time and effort into showcasing the beauty of native Texas while combating those whose projects posed environmental threats. She also joined forces with state and national entities, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Native Plant Society, to preserve and promote the growth of wildlife species vitally tied to Texas’ history. This includes the Texas Longhorn and juniper trees that sustain much of the bird species that make Laredo exclusive for avian aficionados. Fenstermaker is survived by her sisters, Bebe and Sissy Fenstermaker, who collaborated with her in illustrating the masterpiece that is Texas, its sceneries, and its natural gifts. Their work, Enduring Women: A Photography and Oral History Exhibit, is treasured at the Bob Bullock State History Museum in Austin in thanks to the Texas Legacy Project. The Visual Arts Gallery inside the Visual and Performing Arts Center at the Fort McIntosh Campus serves as an appropriate memorial for the cherished college instructor. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to celebrate the life and achievements of Fenstermaker at this event. For more information, please contact the Visual Arts Department at 721.5224. CUTLINE: The lifetime achievements and contributions of retired Laredo Community College art instructor Martha F. Fenstermaker will be celebrated during a special reception to name the college’s Visual Arts Gallery in her name and to unveil a special retrospective art exhibit.  The community is invited to join the LCC family at this event on Wednesday, April 1 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Visual and Performing Arts...

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Inside the Feud Between Ben Stiller And Joan Rivers
Mar28

Inside the Feud Between Ben Stiller And Joan Rivers

ABC News Ben Stiller thinks it’s “sad” he never got to make up with Joan Rivers before she died last year at 81. The “Zoolander” actor, 49, appeared on Howard Stern’s radio show earlier this week and Stern wanted to get to the bottom of their apparent feud. “She thought you didn’t like her,” Stern said. “I never had an interaction with her,” Stiller said. Stern’s co-host, Robin Quivers, said Rivers felt as if Stiller ignored her on the red carpet, where she was famous for interviewing and making fun of celebrities. “This is helping me, because I didn’t understand why she didn’t like me,” Stiller said. “But she had a thing because she was friends with my parents [Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara].” “She was really ticked that you wouldn’t say ‘hello’ to her” considering her connection to Stiller’s parents, Stern said. “I don’t remember that happening but I’m sure it did,” Stiller said. “Then I heard there was a documentary or something, and they said, ‘What do you think of Ben Stiller?’ [Rivers said], ‘Lucky.’ … Then, the beef started.” He added, “She was great. I feel bad that we never got to work that out. … My parents were really friends with her and spent a lot of time and worked together with her, and she had an amazing career. … But you’ve help me heal a little.” Stiller said he also wanted to send “good energy to Joan and Joan’s...

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HBO Partners With Vice For First-Ever Daily Newscast Of Its Kind
Mar27

HBO Partners With Vice For First-Ever Daily Newscast Of Its Kind

The Huffington Post HBO and Vice Media announced a new partnership on Thursday that will bring Vice news content to HBO subscribers in a number of different ways. The new expansion effort will include a daily, half-hour newscast from Vice, a weekly series on HBO and an increase in Vice-produced specials, the companies announced in a press release. The television company and media outlet have agreed to a four-year deal that promises some 32 Vice specials from now through 2018. Vice will also have its own channel on HBO’s streaming service HBO NOW. “I think the first thing, perhaps the hardest thing, I learned about journalism over the past 20 years is that maintaining any type of independence, any type of freedom, is difficult as you scale up,” Vice founder and CEO Shane Smith said in the press release. “This deal, simply put, allows Vice the freedom to go after any story, anywhere we find it – and to do so with complete independence. This deal is a tremendous gift and a tremendous opportunity, and we at Vice realize this.” This will be HBO’s very first daily newscast, Smith added. The program will feature “on-the-ground reporting” on key stories around the globe. Vice currently has more than 30 bureaus...

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