Select Valley bars participate in international fundraiser

Negroni Week, an international event running from June 5 to June 11, allows bar patrons the opportunity to support charities while tasting local bartenders’...

SOUND ‘ROUND: Blue collar country from red state men

BY JON R. LaFOLLETTEBRAD PAISLEY — LOVE AND WAR (ARISTA NASHVILLE)Of course he’s a cornball. That’s not the issue. It’s a matter of his...

Rio Grande Valley nature sites host outdoor challenges for families

While visiting the Laguna Atascosa National Refuge in Cameron County last year, Stella Mull and her family were made aware of the Rio Grande...

Rio Grande Valley actress stars in Lifetime Movie Network film Sunday

Economedes High School graduate Angelica Briones didn’t always enjoy auditioning.“I’ve learned to love the audition process. I didn’t always like it (because) I used...

TOP SHELF: ‘Invisible Man’ and the vital reality of the self

BY DAVID BOWLESIn 1945, author Ralph Ellison, disillusioned by the leadership of the American Communist Party and of the African-American community in general, began...

REGIONAL RAMBLINGS: Four musical gems on YouTube

BY EDUARDO MARTINEZThis last week of May, we are going to take a look at four gems you can find on YouTube.>> Paul Simon...

MOVIE REVIEW: Mistakes, oversights and visceral carnage in new ‘Alien’ film

BY BROOKE CORSO“Alien: Covenant,” formerly “Alien: Paradise Lost,” is awash in religious images and text and symphonies of creation and debasement and destruction. It...

ZZ Top set to perform at State Farm Arena on Tuesday

Festiva recently caught up with ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons via email. The band will perform Tuesday at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo. The show...

SOUND ‘ROUND: Are we humanz, or are we androidz?

BY JON LaFOLLETTEGORILLAZ — HUMANZ (WARNER BROS.)There’s a fine line between unbearable misanthropy and macabre satire. It’s a dichotomy Damon Albarn has long juggled...

MOVIE REVIEW: Buddy comedy ‘Snatched’ exhausts chances

BY BROOKE CORSO“Snatched,” a star vehicle for Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn’s return to the screen after 15 years, is a hodgepodge of wasted...