SURFACE TREATMENT: Exhibit draws viewer into surprising, beautiful glass world

BY NANCY MOYERMy first reaction to this exhibit was a sudden remembrance of “The Crystal World” by J.G. Ballard, where nature is transformed into...

ADVICE: A few things I learned from my dad

BY MARIA LUISA SALCINESThere is nothing I admire more in a man than one who loves and takes care of his family. I am...

GARDEN VIEW: Advice to get your garden through the summer

BY BARBARA STORZWith temperatures reaching 100 degrees and beyond, our gardens need a bit of help to get through the summer.>> Make sure you...

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...

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...