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The Best of Me: Special Nashville Screening & Concert by Lady Antebellum

Photo Caption: Lady Antebellum and Nicholas Sparks attend a Special Screening and Concert Event for Relativity 
Media´s upcoming release  "The Best of Me" with special guests Nicholas Sparks, Michael Hoffman, Bobby Bones, and Lady Antebellum held at the CMA Theater of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, TN on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. Credit Alan Poizner

Nashville, Tennessee…October 10, 2014…Grammy-Award winning trio Lady Antebellum treated fans of the upcoming movie, THE BEST OF ME, to a special concert event last night at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. They were joined on stage by host Bobby Bones and other artists featured on the just released soundtrack, SHEL with Gareth Dunlop, Thomas Rhett, and Colbie Caillat, and photos are now available to download! Relativity Studios' new romantic drama - based on the best-selling novel by Nicholas Sparks - stars Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden, Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato. 


credit Alan Poizner

El Cosmico: Nomadic hotel and Campground


El Cosmico is an 18 acre nomadic hotel and campground in Marfa, Texas. In keeping with the belief that life should be a balance of adventure and do-nothingness they offer shelter, occasional entertainment, opportunity for learning/doing/making, and access to the majesty of the high plains desert. From its wide open spaces to the vast canopy of stars above, El Cosmico provides temporary liberation from the built world. It is second home to intrepid travelers and wanderers from all corners of the planet.
Accommodations at El Cosmico include renovated vintage trailers, safari and scout tents, Sioux-style tepees, and tent campsites. The property also offers several communal spaces for guests – a hammock grove, an outdoor kitchen and dining area, a community lounge and mercantile, an outdoor stage, a reading room. For more information and booking please visit their website www.elcosmico.com


Road Trip: The Barnsdall Rio Grand Service Station

The Station as it stands today
by Michael Satterfield

Sometimes when you are out on a road trip you run across a old building or sign and wonder what it once was. This is what happened on a recent road trip along the California Coast, when I came across and old Spanish style service station outside of Santa Barbara California.

I looked into the station when I got home and it has some interesting history. The Barnsdall Rio Grande service station was built in 1929 and is similar in style to a Richfield station just a few miles from my home just off Route 66, in Rancho Cucamonga. It should be since the same firm designed both. Constructed in the classic Spanish colonial revival style of its time, one design element that sets the station apart is the tall central tower, which was built to hold a 2,000 gallon water storage tank which provided pressurized water to the station. The station was so well designed that it received a beautification award from the Garden Club of Santa Barbara and the Montecito Roadside Committee. 

The road where the station sits is now considered a side road, but back in 1929 it was the main coastal highway, until highway 101 bypassed it completely. The station was built on an oil field owned by Richfield. The oil field is famous itself, the Ellwood oil field was the site of the only attack on the mainland USA during World War II in February of 1942 when a lone Japanese submarine lobbed a shell onto the shores of Ellwood beach, the only attack on American soil during World War II. 



On set of The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)
You might also notice that this gas station is the same one from the Jack Nicholson film, The Postman Always Rings Twice. 


A historic shot, the building in the background is the corporate office for the Barnsdall Oil Co.

Santa Fe Fashion Week

Designer Meggen Connolley's brand Magnetic Threads

Santa Fe Fashion Week has the distinction of being one of the only fashion weeks that focuses on Southwestern designers and brands. Unlike the big coastal fashion weeks that are global events, Santa Fe Fashion Week has a more localized feel, with designers from the surrounding states coming together to showcase their unique styles. The event, in its third year, was hosted at the Santa Fe Convention Center just blocks away from the historic plaza. The event had to move to a larger venue as its popularity has been building as more designers choose Santa Fe as the place to unveil the latest trends in Southwestern style. 

Featuring established and emerging designers the show is full of one of a kind conceptual garments and limited production speciality apparel. This years feature designer was Santa Fe gown maker Orlando Dugi who showcased his "Timeless Collection" at this years show. 

Jewelry by Shane R Hendren

Designer: Di-Ana e.s. Rael

Designer: Dean Cheek of DC Knits

Designer: Catalina Cansino
Jewelry by Shane R Hendren

Designer: Melissa Dulanto

Designer: Catalina Cansino

Jewelry by Shane R Hendren

Designer: Di-Ana e.s. Rael

Jewelry by Shane R Hendren

Designer: Catalina Cansino

Jewelry by Shane R Hendren

Designer: Catalina Cansino

Jewelry by Shane R Hendren

Designer: Catalina Cansino

Designer: Edison Ritchie of  Revolution Couture

Designer: Ezra Estes

Designer: Dean Cheek of DC Knits

Designer: Orlando Dugi

Designer: Susan Soderberg

Designer: Susan Soderberg

Designer: Allie Olson

Designer: Montoya Costura

Designer: Orlando Dugi

Designer: Orlando Dugi
Designer: Salwa Owens

Designer: Montoya Costura

Designer: Ezra Estes

Designer: Ezra Estes

Designer: Ezra Estes
For more on these designers visit Santa Fe Fashion Week's official website HERE

Destination: Santa Fe

by Michael Satterfield

Santa Fe is one of my favorite cities in the world, it is one of those rare places where the entire community has an aesthetic that seems to transcend all classes and social groups. Artists, jewelry makers, fashion designers, photographers, just about everyone in Santa Fe has some artistic background, instead of asking an artist "Whats your day job?" You can ask just about anyone you encounter from the pedicab driver to the cashier at the local 5 and Dime "What kind of artwork do you do?" Take some time when you go to Santa Fe to enjoy the galleries, the amazing food, and just walking around reading all the historical plaques that can be found nearly on every building in town.

I was in town covering Santa Fe Fashion Week, we will have more stories from that event and a spread in our Fall 2014 Issue.











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