FESTIVA EVENTS — Friday, June 29 – Saturday, June 30

Submit your event to tcupples@themonitor.com by 5 p.m. Monday to be considered for the following Friday.ALL WEEKENDRED, WHITE & BLUE FESTIVALWHEN: Jun 30 -...

Expo, music highlight additional McAllen Marathon events

This weekend’s McAllen Marathon will feature more runners, a new course and an additional distance.“We feel confident that we’re constantly improving it, not only...

SOUND ‘ROUND: In celebration of the dark arts

BY JON LaFOLLETTETHE MOUNTAIN GOATS — GOTHS (MERGE)Unless your name is Neil deGrasse Tyson, Stephen Hawking or Paul Allen, odds are John Darnille is...

McAllen’s Casa de Palmas Haunted Hotel

BY DAVID BOWLESThe HistoryThe largest city in Hidalgo, center of commerce for the area and perhaps the most widely known Valley community in the...

‘It is a dance’: Bloodless bullfights in La Gloria

A beloved sport originating in Spain was brought to the Rio Grande Valley almost two decades ago. The 19th annual Bloodless Bullfight season began Dec....

RGV preps to party with JLo

As anticipation builds for superstar Jennifer Lopez’s 25-city “It’s My Party” concert, set for Saturday at Bert Ogden Arena, locals who have snagged tickets...

Village in the Valley’s Gospel Fest to close out Black History Month

Seeking to commemorate Black History Month, nonprofit Village in the Valley (ViVa) — which holds the mission strengthening the connection of African Americans in...

REVIEW: Natalia LaFourcade delivers joyful performance, important news to Valley fans

With a sweet serenade that she composed for a friend as they parted ways, Natalia Lafourcade said goodbye to the more than 2,200 attendees...

FILM REVIEW: ‘Tag’ pushes the limits of youthful exuberance, extreme competitiveness

BY BROOKE CORSO“Tag” is based on a real-life game that has been played by real friends originally from Washington state for almost 30 years.A...

TOP SHELF: Late Spring round-up

BY DAVID BOWLESI read more books than I get a chance to review in this column, so let me take a moment to highlight...