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...

Steps you can take if suffering from Postpartum Depression

BY LESLEY FRENCH and SONJA GAINESFor many, having a baby is a happy and life-changing occasion. But about 10 to 15 percent of women...

UTRGV CREATIVE WRITING SERIES: Love in color

BY RAMON SANTIAGOSome people believe the world lost all its beauty the day we lost our ability to see color. Since then no one...

EDUCATION SPOTLIGHT: Edinburg North band performs in China

BY SPECIAL TO THE MONITOREDINBURG — The Edinburg North High School Band recently performed at the 34th Annual Shanghai Spring International Music Festival in...

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...

SURFACE TREATMENT: Painting exhibition celebrates feminine power, beauty

BY NANCY MOYERIn this year’s Upper Valley Art League’s Annual International Exhibition, Mexican artist Helena Reneé has indulged her love of beauty. Her large...

GARDEN VIEW: Ground Covers for South Texas

BY BARBARA STORZGround covers are usually plants — less than 18 inches in height — that are vigorous in growth and are planted as...

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...