UTRGV Opera Theater brings ‘Carmen’ to life

A. COLLEEN DEGUZMAN | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR Students of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Opera Theater have been preparing since last year...

Celebration of Citrus: Parade of Oranges, Fiesta on Saturday

The 83rd Texas Citrus Fiesta is shaping up to be out of this world. The annual event, which is taking on the theme of “Space Odyssey Adventure” is set to kick off on Saturday with the Fun Fair, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m at the Leo Peña Placita Park in Mission. “We have live music entertainment, we have vendors, food vendors, craft vendors, information booths and so forth,” said Lisa Rivera, the executive director for Texas Citrus Fiesta. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Valley native to debut short film at Cine El Rey

McALLEN — Valley native Carlos Moreno Jr. remembers realizing he wanted to be more than just an actor.The PSJA High School graduate was running...

Inaugural Mix Summer Jam to feature Migos, Yandel

Hip-hop trio Migos and reggaeton artist Yandel will headline Mix Summer Jam State on July 18 at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo.Migos got a...

FESTIVA EVENTS — Friday, Sept. 7 – Sunday, Sept. 9

Submit your event to tcupples@themonitor.com by 5 p.m. Monday to be considered for the following Friday.WEEKENDFOURTH ANNUAL SOUTH TEXAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALThe full festival...

Festiva Events — Friday, March 1 – Sunday, March 3

WEEKEND LIVE MUSIC Al Mikesh will perform Friday, Jolly Huntsmen Polka Band will perform Saturday and Renaissance Rockers will perform Sunday. WHEN 1 to 5 p.m. Friday...

Q&A with JoJo Siwa: Teen star brings first concert tour to Edinburg on Sunday

In 2018, 16-year-old Joelle Joanie Siwa — famously known as JoJo — sold more than 40 million hair bows worldwide. The multi-millionaire is known for...

Pride and awareness: Annual event a chance to shine light on HIV rates in...

This year’s Pride in the Park arrives at a crucial moment for the Rio Grande Valley’s LBGTQ community.According to the Center for Disease Control,...

Not even The Rock could save ‘Skyscraper’ from a major collapse

BY BROOKE CORSOWe have reached peak summer, and the stores are already displaying their back-to-school deals to frighten and taunt children enjoying their lazy,...

SOUND ‘ROUND: Make way for the prophets of rage

BY JON R. LaFOLLETTEKENDRICK LAMAR — DAMN (TOP DAWG/AFTERMATH/INTERSCOPE)Damn. As in, damn, y’all went and elected Trump anyway. As in, damn, America remains a...