Category Archives: Arts

McAllen ISD Students Create Modern Chaos

Gisselle Costa and Denisse Damken in the hallway of McAllen ISD’s Lamar Academy, showing recyclable fashions in their Modern Chaos line.

Dressing “on trend” is vitally important to many teens, but Gisselle Costa and Denisse Damken are designing their own recyclable fashions, creating Modern Chaos in the process. Costa and Damken are seniors in McAllen ISD’s International Baccalaureate Programme at Lamar Academy. They named their fashion line Modern Chaos, as we learned in January when their classmate, Alexis Alvarado, wrote about their designs. We decided to follow up with Costa and…

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Support IMAS With Night at the Brew-seum

The International Museum of Art & Science presents its annual fundraiser, the 12th annual Night at the Brew-seum April 4. Brew-seum showcases specialty and craft beers from across Texas. It also brings together more than 25 restaurants and food trucks from the RGV who donate their time, talents and fare. The event takes place at the museum from 7-11 p.m. with VIP guests early access at 6 p.m. Brew-seum will…

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At 50, Life is Just Beginning for Nicole Gates

Nicole Gates proudly wears her Portrait-Masters-Associate-Level medal around her neck while in her studio.

The moment you open the door at Nicole Gates Photography on North Main Street in McAllen, you step into a place Gates designed so women would never want to leave.   “Women are the caretakers, the nurturers,” Gates said. “We take care of everyone else, and we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves. I let women put themselves first again. My job is to help women fall in love with…

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Indiana Jones Comes to the Symphony

Indiana Jones and the Wild West both come to the area Feb. 28 as the Valley Symphony Orchestra presents music from “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “The Big Country,” a classic Western film. The concert will feature Soloist and VSO Principal Trumpet Jared Broussard with Maestro Peter Dabrowski as conductor. Broussard will perform Alexander Arutunian’s trumpet concerto. The piece showcases the sound and character of the trumpet. The concerto…

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IMAS Empty Barrels Supports Food Bank RGV

The IMAS and Food Bank RGV kick off Empty Barrels project at 5x5 Brewing Co. with Brew-seum committee and supporting partners. Empty Barrels will raise food and funds for the Food Bank RGV and on final display at Brew-seum on April 4.

The International Museum of Art and Science will soon host its first-ever Empty Barrels: A Food and Fund Drive to benefit the Food Bank RGV Inc. Empty Barrels is a collaborative project that aims to bring artists and communities together to raise awareness and funds to fight hunger in the RGV. A donation of six wine and whiskey barrels from 5×5 Brewing Co. in Mission and Hilmy Cellars in Fredericksburg…

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Iconic Brownsville Theater Endures and Thrives

A bird’s eye view of the Camille Playhouse, which has been in Brownsville since 1964.

Look at the list of upcoming 2020 winter and spring showings of the Camille Playhouse. Now in its 56th season, you will see the Brownsville arts organization is not only enduring but thriving as well. There’s Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” as part of Camille’s young actor’s company in early May. Before that production is Neil Simon’s “Lost In Yonkers,” running this month. It’s all part of a legacy of creativity and art…

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This Home is Where the Art Is

A young student takes a violin lesson from Georgette Garcia.

The old house at East Madison and 15th street in Brownsville might look like a building in stages of decay. Some of the letters on the east side of the building are fading away. It reads “Carlotta K. Petrina.” Petrina was an artist from New York who moved to this part of South Texas many years ago. But inside the brick structure that served as her home until she died in 1997…

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Harlingen Nonprofit Brings Top-Notch Entertainment

Entertainers such as Sons of Serendip, shown here with HSC board members Julie Ng-Castillo and Cheryl LaBerge, are ready to give concert-goers a great show. But, that’s not all that occurs at the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium on event night. Local business Peggy’s Cakes and More offers an array of food from the time the doors open at 6:30 p.m. (an hour before the show) and then again at intermission.

The list of entertainers who have graced the stage of the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium is impressive. They include Guy Lombardo, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Paul Robeson, the Von Trapp Family Singers and famous pianist, composer and conductor Sergei Rachmaninoff. But, all of those names go back to the 1940s, just a few years after the facility was built.  Today, the music and entertainment continue at the 1,500-seat auditorium, but most…

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Students Create Environmentally Sustainable Fashion Line

Model Hannah Grace Vaughan poses in “Newsflash” of the Modern Chaos series.

Local high school seniors recently began an environmental conversation by using their artistic creativity and passion for fashion design and photography to advocate for ecological sustainability within the world.  International Baccalaureate Programme at Lamar Academy students Gisselle Costa and Denisse Damken are the designers of a fashion line completely made out of recycled materials. The project raises awareness of environmental conservation.  “The name of our project, Modern Chaos, illustrates what…

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