New series of paintings beautifully depicts local ecology

BY NANCY MOYERJessica Monroe’s new art exhibition, “Art Ecologic,” is about reconnecting to the natural world. Sponsored by the Upper Valley Art League and...

Hip-hop duo Caldo Frío celebrates new album

The origin of local Spanish-language rap duo Caldo Frío can be traced to a downtown McAllen dance floor.From what Jesus “Chuy” Reazola and Carmen...

McAllen runner “Boston Strong” after witnessing terrorist attacks during marathon

BY AMANDA A. TAYLORCyndi Mendez-Karr has been running since she was a little girl. She fondly recalls racing with her father growing up, but...

GARDEN VIEW: Native trees to bring birds to the yard

BY BARBARA STORZWant to attract birds to your yard? Then, focus on providing native food for adult birds and food for their young, along...

SOUND ‘ROUND: American epics and new American standards

BY JON R. LaFOLLETTEVARIOUS ARTISTS — AMERICAN EPIC: THE COLLECTION (SONY)What Burns was to jazz and Scorsese to da blues, so now is antique...

REGIONAL RAMBLINGS: Luchadors return to RGV

BY EDUARDO MARTINEZThis weekend, two of the biggest Mexican pro wrestling stars from the 1980s and 1990s will be making appearances in the Rio...

FESTIVA EVENTS — Friday, Sept. 15 – Sunday, Sept. 17

HAVE AN EVENT COMING UP? Submit your information to tcupples@themonitor.com by 5 p.m. Monday to be considered for the following Friday.FRIDAYDIEZ Y SEIS DE...

Column: Early detection of prostate cancer can save lives

BY LORENA SAENZ GONZALEZAs the busy fall season revs up, don’t let your health take a backseat. Make a note on your calendar that...

‘ Le Miz’ and more: Popular musical to highlight McAllen Performing Arts Center’s second...

McALLEN — The popular Broadway show “Les Miserables” will be coming to the Performing Arts Center as the second season of shows were announced...

Collection discovers meanings inspired by South Texas raspa stands

BY NANCY MOYEROne of the most prolific artists in South Texas, Paul Valadez, treats us to yet another inspired solo exhibition. His insights into...