The fourth annual “Funniest Person in the Rio Grande Valley” contest will yuk it up starting at 9 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at Havana Club Bar and Grill. Fifteen RGV amateur comics have signed up for the event, and the winner will be selected by RGV celebrity judges.
There’s a $5 cover at the door, and the proceeds will go to the cash prize for the winning comedian, who will also earn the opportunities to open for Lisa Lampanelli, Mike Tyson and other acts. They’ll also be offered hosting duties at Cine El Rey’s Wednesday Night Comedy. The event will be hosted by veteran funnymen Raymond Orta and Mario Salazar. For more information about the show, call (956) 687-3100.
WHEN: 9 p.m. Thursday, March 13
WHERE: Havana Club Bar and Grill, 500 E. Nolana Ave., McAllen
COST: $5 cover
BUY TICKETS: At the door
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez Spotted Kissing at Texas Restaurant: Report
Truth rating: 8
1:04 pm, March 8th, 2014
Are Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez back together?
The on-and-off couple were spotted kissing at a restaurant in McAllen, Texas on Friday, according to the eatery’s manager.
Lori Johnson, manager of Don Pepe’s McAllen Mexican restaurant, tells People, “Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber came in with his bodyguards a little after 10:30 in the morning for breakfast and were here for an hour and a half.”
Johnson adds, “They were kissing. They were sitting next to each other hugging and kissing in front of the staff. They weren’t hiding it and seemed to be boyfriend and girlfriend.”
As Gossip Cop reported, the former couple was also spotted at a Texas Starbucks on Friday.
Gomez is in Texas for a Saturday concert in Hidalgo.
Gossip Cop has reached out to the restaurant for additional details on Bieber and Gomez’s visit.
What do you think of the pair hanging out again?
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McAllen native Ryan Jirovec first debuted his musical talents on The Voice in September of 2012.
The then 28-year-old was asked by coach Blake Shelton to join his team, which Jirovec excitedly accepted.
Since his experiences on The Voice, Jirovec has been working on recording a full-length album in his new hometown of Los Angeles, Calif., which is to be released later this year.
Jirovec recently visited McAllen on Jan. 30 to perform at the McAllen State of the City address at the McAllen Convention Center. He performed in front of a crowd composed of approximately 900 business leaders and community representatives.
Festiva was able to catch up with him and ask him a few questions about what he’s been up to since his time on The Voice.
Do you think performing on The Voice helped guide your career path?
I think making it on The Voice definitely reinforced the fact that music is what I should be doing. I wouldn’t say the TV show is helping to guide my career, but it definitely opened my eyes to many things about the music industry, and also made me want to keep pursuing this dream.
What are your upcoming plans with your music career?
Well, since The Voice I had a good friend Rebecca offer to help me do an album. Without her help, there’s no way I would be able to do the kind of album I’m doing, and work with the talented musicians I am. As of now, we are in the studio recording songs, in the development phase of the project, and hope to have a finished EP out in the next few months.
What inspires you to write and record music?
Recording and writing music is just a relaxing and emotional process. When I get in the studio to record a song, the way I sing it, projects emotion. My goal is for people to feel that emotion in my voice, that I feel when I’m recording it. There’s nothing better than seeing a room full of people murmuring and talking, and then hearing your voice and immediately stopping everything, and being totally engulfed in the story you’re telling. It’s an amazing thing.
Do you still find yourself nervous performing in front of crowds?
There is always a sense of nervousness or excitement when you’re about to take the stage in front of a crowed. The nervousness tends to become more excitement the more live performing you do, but I think a little nervousness will always remain. Every stage and crowed is different, so it’s the unexpected aspect to it, that does it for me.
What advice could you give to someone dealing with stage fright?
Just keep getting out there and performing. The more you do it, the less uncomfortable it gets. It’s when the nervousness starts to affect your performance when it’s a problem, but you have to fight through, and eventually performing becomes second nature, and the nerves don’t affect you negatively.
What did you base your new album off of? Love, life, general?
My EP/album is just full of songs that really move me, and resonate in me. I naturally connect to love songs and ballads, but the EP will most definitely be about life and love, songs like that have just always been my forte. It’s been such an amazing experience to work with my producer Leo Z. whom I met while doing demos for Josh Groban. Leo is so talented, and I can’t wait to hear the finished products and get them out to everyone.
How different is L.A. life from Valley life?
Living in California has its perks and downfalls. L.A. is beautiful, and it’s no cliché, the weather really is always perfect. There are also downfalls like the cost of living and traffic. Gas alone is usually about twice what it is in Texas. I enjoy L.A. for what it is, and because it’s the place I need to be to continue making music, but Texas will always be home.
Do you have any words for your Valley fans?
I would like to let people know that without their support as fans, my music will go unheard. Spreading the word and sharing my music is the best thing anyone can do for a music career, and if you actually enjoy the artist and music, why not social media is so powerful, and without a strong following, it’s tough to make a go of it as a musician. My website is www.ryanjirovec.com where they can access all my social media sites, as well as www.youtube.com/ryanjirovecmusic to hear and watch my videos.
Para todos los que viajen este fin de semana a McAllen, les informo que el domingo 9 de Marzo dará inicio el Horario de verano, lo que significa que estaremos una hora adelante de México.
Es necesario saber que en México la hora cambiará hasta el primer domingo de Abril, principalmente para las personas que van de compras o que realizarán algun movimiento en los bancos.
Nos vemos en McAllen !
Allegiant Air iniciará sus vuelos del Aeropuerto Internacional McAllen Miller t al Aeropuerto Internacional de Los Angeles, Calif, el 5 de Junio de 2014, con un precio de $99 dlls viaje sencillo con impuestos incluidos.
Esta aerolinea es conocida por sus bajos costo de vuelos de McAllen a Las Vegas, McAllen a Orlando y otros destinos, entre los cuales se incluirá el de McAllen a Los Angeles.
Para más informacion : http://www.allegiantair.com/destinations
Honored to say Quinta Mazatlan has been chosen by Macy's McAllen as their "Heart Your Park" fundraising recipient!
From March 7 to 31st customers at Macy's can donate $1 or more at the register (no purchase required) with 100% of the donations benefitting Quinta Mazatlan. To further spread the love, Macy's will match the total customer donation across all stores, dollar for dollar, up to $250,000 in total.
EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS - and individuals in the valley could create a magnificient wildlife pond at Ebony Grove.
Del 28 de marzo al 28 de abril de 2014, el gobierno de México incrementó la franquicia terrestre de $300 a $500 dólares. La mayoría de los compradores mexicanos que gustan de hacer sus compras en McAllen, aprovechan esta temporada para comprar un mayor volumen de mercancías sin pagar impuestos, ya que esta cantidad de $ 500 dlls es acumulable en los miembros de la familia que viajan juntos en el mismo vehiculo asi es que en los que viajen 5 pasajeros, pueden cruzar hasta $1,500 dlls. Se consideran como pasajeros inclusive los niños.
Join us in celebrating the beautiful ocelot of the Rio Grande Valley at Ocelot Conservation Day! The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Friends of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge and the Gladys Porter Zoo are hosting a special day to highlight ocelots, the small, wild cats native to South Texas. There will be a variety of fun ocelot related activities for families to enjoy.
On the main stage we will have performances by Lucas Miller, the Singing Zoologist, followed by an ocelot from the Cincinnati Zoo’s Cat Ambassador Program. Plus, mention ocelot at the admission gate and get a 20% discount off an adult or child admission. The event is free with regular paid admission or Zoo membership.
What: Ocelot Consercation Day
When: Satruday, March 8, 2014
Where: Gladys Porter Zoo-500 Ringgold Street Brownsville, TX 78520
Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm
The Friends of the Laguna Wildlife Refuge and Gladys Porter Zoo invite you to join them at the Ocelot Soiree, an intimate evening with an ocelot, on Friday, March 7, 2014 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Gladys Porter Zoo. Soiree attendees will enjoy fine wine and hor d’ oevres fit for an ocelot’s pallet, world music by Adrian Foncerrada and a private show by Sihil, Cincinnati Zoo’s ocelot. As well as, an ocelot inspired auction, amazing photographs of five wild cats in Tamaulipas and ocelot update by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist.
Proceeds from the Ocelot Soiree will help the Friends of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, raise money for education and conservation efforts to ensure the long-term survival of ocelots in the Rio Grande Valley. For ticket information, call Paul Cardile, Friends of the Laguna Atascosa Wildlife Refuge at (956) 748-3607 or (956) 832-3905, credit card payments only.