San Juan native Cristela Alonzo provides voice for Cruz Ramirez in new ‘Cars’ film

BY JILL MICHAELSThe Valley's own Cristela Alonzo is the voice of Cruz Ramirez in 'Cars 3.'Cristela Alonzo shines in “Cars 3” as her character’s...

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘It Comes At Night’ a shadowy, pulsating blend of terror, dread

BY BROOKE CORSO“It Comes At Night,” directed by Trey Edward Shults (“Krisha”), begins and ends with shots of people painfully struggling to perform life’s...

REGIONAL RAMBLINGS: Rio Jordan, Juanito Castillo videos

BY EDUARDO MARTINEZThis weekend is the return of Galax Z Fair VI, and I’m most excited about seeing Rio Jordan and Juanito Castillo on...

TOP SHELF: Toni Morrison’s ‘Beloved’ explores core self

BY DAVID BOWLESIn 1987, author Toni Morrison published “Beloved,” a powerful tour-de-force that snagged her the Pulitzer Prize and that opened the door for...

UTRGV CREATIVE WRITING SERIES: Masquerade

BY ELISA JULIE LONGORIAShe paints her smileSticky, sweet, crimson redThe Mask, she slowly puts on....The World she lives in, reflection of a Masquerade BallCourting...

EDUCATION SPOTLIGHT: Donna ISD implements parent academy, graduates first cohort

BY SPECIAL TO THE MONITORDonna ISD became the first in the Rio Grande Valley to implement its own facilitators to run the Parent Academy...

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...

SURFACE TREATMENT: Colorful paintings, monochromatic drawings search for enlightenment

BY NANCY MOYERWalk into Manuel Zamudio’s world.Currently on display at Space16th in McAllen, oil paintings reflect the boldly chromatic Pop style that we associate...

McAllen Nature Center, Yoga a perfect pairing

The Adventures of Team Peter Parker — Yoga under the oaksI opened my eyes while I lay under an oak tree to see the...

GARDEN VIEW: Hypertufa planter workshop

BY BARBARA STORZThe Master Gardeners are offering a Hypertufa Planter Workshop Saturday, June 17 at the South Texas Master Gardener Educational Garden in north...