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’...

Great books to kick off your summer break

BY MARGIE LONGORIALUCKY BROKEN GIRL by Ruth Behar “An unforgettable multicultural coming-of-age narrative — based on the author’s childhood in the 1960s.” When young...

ADVICE: Make sure your children live in the real world

BY MARIA LUISA SALCINESWe are living in times when parents have to be diligent about what their children are doing on social media.No one...

GARDEN VIEW: Summer squash — delicious and healthy

BY BARBARA STORZSummer squash are highly nutritious, tasty and very low in calories. Squash are native to the Americas and come in a wide...

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...

SURFACE TREATMENT: West Texas inspirations dominate this exhibit of welded metal

BY NANCY MOYERJoe Barrington’s sculpture is informed by his West Texas heritage. His grandfather brought the first arc welder to the Throckmorton area, and...

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...