Month: May 2012

A New life in America

All-on-6” may sound vaguely like something you could hear in Vegas, but it’s a phrase San Antonio dentist Dr. Li Luo Skelton loves and uses often. And it has nothing to do with gambling. The term describes a dental reconstruction procedure that uses six titanium implants to serve as anchors for a permanent porcelain denture. It’s a last resort option for people with multiple missing teeth or teeth that have deteriorated beyond the help of regular dentistry. The results can be amazing a full mouth of strong new teeth. “The reason I like it is because it changes your...

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Downtown Living

In an effort to make downtown more attractive to locals, Mayor Julián Castro made “The Decade of Downtown” an integral part of his SA 2020 vision. Though other major cities are well ahead of San Antonio when it comes to urban revitalization, we have nevertheless seen new residential buildings go up around downtown, and there are plans to turn HemisFair into a true urban park, as well as to lure businesses other than hotels back into the area. An increase in rental and affordable housing is also envisioned. For now, most new residences are high-end. A one-bedroom condo, for...

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Juggling Among the Palm Trees & Roses

Marisa Ayala Age: 34, “but I feel like I’m still in my 20s” Occupation: Special events coordinator, San Antonio Botanical Garden Personal: Single; extended family in San Antonio; would love to have a dog “but not until I can do it right” Goals: “Never stop learning, but to feel like I’m always moving forward in my life” Why she’s a role model: Juggles preparations for many events each year that bring thousands of people to the Botanical Garden; thrives on her high-energy job and strives to keep events fresh and appealing to a wide audience. Own role models: Her...

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San Antonio’s First Lady of Jazz

In her previous albums, Bett Butler told poignant musical stories that sprang from her own heart and mind. But for her newest release, American Sampler, San Antonio’s first lady of jazz chose very different material. Working with her husband, bassist and producer Joël Dilley, she revisited what is often called the Great American Songbook that includes standards such as Over the Rainbow, Every Time We Say Goodbye and Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? These songs may be familiar, but Butler’s interpretation has managed to make them fresh again. Her deep, sometimes grave, sometimes soft voice and her intimate,...

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Perry’s Steakhouse Comes to Town

If you don’t mind clambering up to a seat at a high banquette (somehow designers never seem to get these things proportionally correct; it’s really annoying not to have one’s feet touch terra firma — or something firma — when seated) and have a tolerance for an often-exuberant pianist/vocalist, then a seat in Perry’s bar is a good option indeed. Especially if you have assumed that reservations should hardly be necessary early on a mid-week evening. But even more especially if you prefer the bar’s views (the assumed reason for the high banquettes) and action to the more conventional...

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