Category Archives: Arts

IMAS Dia de los Muertos Festival

Guests view the Mexican and Latin American Folk Art exhibit at IMAS.

On Nov. 2, the Dia de los Muertos Festival took place at the International Museum of Science. The day featured events and exhibits, including a Catrina contest and the lecture “Mexico, Bones, and Life” by Servando Hinojosa. Other activities included story times and Calavera rock art. Also available for a small fee was the sugar skull workshop and decorate your own sugar skull with icing. Vendors and food trucks were…

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Murals Without Borders Announces Winners

"Un Mismo Corazon" by Marisa Latigo

The Brownsville Beautification Committee has announced the official winners of the Murals Without Border Contest. The Murals Without Borders community-wide mural contest opened Aug. 1 to provide artists the opportunity to depict a world without borders. Submissions symbolize the unity of the Brownsville-Matamoros region and provide accessible art on public display for the community. Winners are: Un Mismo Corazon by Marisa Latigo. Latigo is a freelance photographer and designer from Matamoros, Tamaulipas,…

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Living Life in Terms of Music

Founder of Musical Living Academy Edelir Garza offers one of his students some pointers after a private lesson.

Exploring a unique avenue in education is Edelir Garza, founder, instructor and owner of Musical Living Academy in McAllen. Garza knew that this was the next step in his musical journey. Music had been instilled in his heart since he was only 8 years old. “I remember listening to songs and there was this one that would stand out above all … it wasn’t until my father helped me pinpoint…

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Free Latin Jazz Festival This Weekend

This weekend’s Latin Jazz Festival will bring the reverberating sounds of congas, drums, guitars, saxophones and other musical instruments to Brownsville. From today, Oct. 10, through Oct. 12, the 23rd annual music and dance spectacle will feature three well-known groups hailing from this part of South Texas. They are The Clay Moore Group, The Brew and Del Castillo. The Brownsville Society for the Performing Arts hosts the festival which saw its beginnings 23…

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A “Night in Old Mexico” in Harlingen

Rewind at the Taste of Harlingen 2018

Sample the cuisines from local restaurants and chefs while enjoying live music and a silent auction all while helping the Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum.  That and more are in store for attendees of the 17th Taste of Harlingen fundraising event, which uses the proceeds to maintain the historic buildings, curate artifacts, fund exhibits and promote the facility.  This year’s “Taste” theme is A Night in Old Mexico. Sombreros and serapes…

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Keep McAllen Beautiful Call for Artists

Keep McAllen Beautiful irrigation pipes artwork by Manuel Robledo, Cristina Pechero, Concepcion Flores and Alejandra Leal.

Keep McAllen Beautiful is working to give public art a stronger presence in the city. The organization is seeking local design concepts that would painted on irrigation pipes. Submissions should promote the Rio Grande Valley natural landscape, ecology, species and heritage. The submission deadline is Oct. 25. Location of the pipes is along the City of McAllen’s hike and bike trails along Bicentennial Boulevard and 2nd Street, According to Chris Lash, program coordinator for…

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Museum of South Texas History Open House

Museum of South Texas History visitors starting their tour with a look at a mammoth fossils.

The Museum of South Texas History held a one-day free admission open house on Sept. 14. For this event, the museum extended its free hours to help kick off Hispanic Heritage month. The museum’s exhibits lead you on a history tour of the blended history of the Rio Grande Valley. The main exhibit, “Rio Grande Legacy Exhibit,” begins in prehistoric times, taking patrons all the way through Spanish colonial times…

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Development Makes the RGV Prosperous

Eighty years ago, the Rio Grande Valley was a rural, agriculturally based economy with little growth happening. Fast forward to 10 years ago, and the RGV was quickly becoming a thriving metropolitan area as development intensified. Today, the region has completely transformed economically. It has become an area developed by improving and increasing commercial, retail, industrial, entertainment, medical and higher education institutions.  Education In 2013, the transformation of the RGV’s…

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Passion Meets Education

RGV Photography Workshops Owner Rafael Sepulveda and Co-Instructor Eric Sierra engage with their advanced photography class while Creative Assistant Nora Cuevas prepares the model of the day.

McAllen native Rafael Sepulveda received his bachelor’s in advertising from Boston University then attended photography school in Atlanta. Upon completing those courses and receiving Professional Photographers of America certification, he opened up two destination photography businesses. During his time as a destination wedding photographer in Atlanta, he discovered that he really enjoyed teaching other photographers that assisted him on his shoots. Establishing direction Sepulveda established RGV Photography Workshops in McAllen…

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Pharr Dancer Going Pro

Erick Perales, UTRGV dance performance graduate from Pharr, at the Performing Arts Complex in Edinburg. (Photo Paul Chouy, UTRGV)

UTRGV Dance Program alumnus Erick Perales is off to the Big Apple to begin his professional dance career. The Pharr native was hired recently by Ballet Nepantla, a dance company known for fusing contemporary dance with Mexican folklórico to showcase its culture and history. Perales already was familiar with the company after having seen them perform and was in awe of their performance. Now, he gets to join them on stage in New…

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