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...

SOUND ‘ROUND: A working class hero is something to sing about

BY JON R. LaFOLLETTEMATT NORTH — ABOVE GROUND FOOLS (MATTNORTH.NET){{tncms-inline alignment="right" content="<p><strong>A+</strong> Rare masterwork</p> <p><strong>A</strong> Near flawless</p> <p><strong>A-</strong> Run-of-the-mill good</p> <p><strong>B+</strong> Flawed but notable</p>"...

‘I was within and without’: The innate duality of Wonder Woman

BY BROOKE CORSO“I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Great Gatsby”From...

SOUND ‘ROUND: Black, gay and in love in America

BY JON. R. LaFOLLETTEKEVIN ABSTRACT — AMERICAN BOYFRIEND: A SUBURBAN LOVE STORY (BROCKHAMPTON, 2016)If Frank Ocean is granted his wish for an early retirement,...

MOVIE REVIEW: Same old troubles follow Jack Sparrow in latest ‘Pirates’ film

BY BROOKE CORSOWell into the fifth installment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series, Captain Jack Sparrow sees a wanted poster with his head...

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...