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Carlos Ochoa Solo Art Exhibition Press Release McAllen

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Hinovations Art Gallery is proud to present a one man art show by local artist, Carlos Ochoa.  His exhibit entitled, “Thulsa Doom, and the Riddle of Steel” will be opening on Friday, March 6 and take place from 6 pm – 9pm at Hinovations Art Gallery located at 1009 Laurel Ave, McAllen, right off of North 10th St.  The event is free and the public is invited to attend. 

One aspect of Ochoa’s work focuses on the art style of Kitsch and the effects it can have when it is altered from its original form.  Ochoa questions the viewer’s stance of what is or isn’t art, by doing so, he combines high and low idealism. His artist statement reads as follows;

“From the time we climbed down from branches, walked the great  plains, scurried up the sides of mountains and hid in caves.  We put pigment to surface, and made the leap from beast to man.  It was then that we developed the sparkle in our eyes; it was then that man first grew a soul.

This gave way to abstract thinking and with it, my belief that there is no such thing as good art.  As an artist I wrestle with this truth, along with the fear that I must make art, before it makes me”. 

His art work will remain on display from March 6 through March 28, 2015 at Hinovations Art Gallery.

Additional activities and take place during the month, please email to to be added to the mailing list. Minimal fees are charged for these activities which help support ARTS in the RGV.  Gallery hours of operation are Monday thru Thursday from 1pm to 6pm and Saturday from 10am to 5pm or by appointment.  For more information please contact Gallery Director, Raquel Hinojosa at 956-688-6461.

Hinovations Art Gallery


1009 Laurel Ave, McAllen, Texas 78501

* 956-309-8352 mobile


Valley Symphony Orchestra & Chorale in McAllen Presents

Dr. Andrés Amado

Assistant Professor in Ethnomusicology and Musicology at UTPA

Office: (956) 665-2944


Valley Symphony Orchestra & Chorale Presents Chorale Masterpiece at McAllen Civic Center on March 5th


Thursday, February 12, 2015, McAllen —The Valley Symphony Orchestra presents Chorale Masterpiece Concert V at the McAllen Civic Center (corner of Exp. 83 & 10th Street) in McAllen on Thursday, March 5 from 8 – 10pm. Don’t miss this exciting concert featuring compositions from the 19th to the 21st centuries, and will include the participation of the Valley Symphony Chorale, and Soprano, Rebecca Coberly.


The concert will open with Poulenc’s Gloria, a masterpiece for orchestra and chorus. Gloria sets the movement of the Ordinary of the Mass in celebratory, joyful, and contemplative moods. Dr. Rebecca Coberly, professor of voice at the University of Texas Pan American, will perform the beautiful and dramatic soprano solos. In addition to previous performances with the Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, Dr. Coberly has sung in several solo recitals, oratorios, and concerts. She has also performed famous roles in opera and Broadway musicals such as Susanna in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro and Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music. With a performance style that is not only technically proficient, but also deeply heartfelt, Dr. Coberly’s singing is sure to touch the audience.


After intermission, the concert will continue with the orchestra’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien Op. 45. Tchaikovsky composed this orchestral fantasy in 1880 inspired by the Carnival of Rome, which he experienced first hand during a visit to Italy. The catchy tunes evoke Italian street songs and folk melodies audible at that occasion. Then, the orchestra will perform Fetes from Nocturnes by Claude Debussy, which will open with an explosion of melody and orchestral color.  And finally the symphony orchestra will wrap up with Arturo Marquez’ Danzon No. 2 performance, which was written as a tribute to the environment that nourished the genre of dance.


Come revel in the beautiful sounds of the Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorale in Concert V - Chorale Masterpiece. Ticket prices range from $25 for Back House, $35 for Front House and $45 for Orchestra Level tickets.  Senior, student and group discounts are available.[1]   Certain applicable fees apply.  Tickets on sale now at the McAllen Convention Center Box Office located off of Exp. 83 & Ware Rd. (open weekdays from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 PM), at Ticket Master at or via phone at 1-800-745-3000.



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McAllen- Music After Hours, Arts & Crafts Fair

Come visit us at the Music After Hours- Arts & Craft Fair.  Crafters are welcome to participate the first Friday of every month.  The next Craft Fair will be held on Friday, March 6, 2015 from 6:00PM to 10:00PM at Archer Park located at 101 N. Broadway, McAllen.  Reserve your space for $20.00 by coming to the McAllen Chamber of Commerce at 1200 Ash Avenue, McAllen, TX, 956-682-2871, between the hours of 8:30AM – 4:30PM, Monday-Friday.  Music After Hours will be featuring great live music!

Rio Roma Concierto en McAllen

El dueto de pop mexicano, autores del soundtrack ¨Vida Nueva¨de la telenovela la tempestad y del ¨Hoy es un Buen Dia¨de la telenovela El color de la pasión, y de otros temas más, se presentará:

Fecha: Viernes 27 de Febrero de 2015

Hora:   8:00 p.m.

Lugar: Auditorio Cívico de McAllen

             1300 South 10th St.

              McAllen, Tx.

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Los Blue Men en el Valle del Rio Grande

El grupo Blue Men, con sus rostros pintados de azul, sus cabezas cubiertas con gorros del mismo color, guantes azules y ropa de color negro, y que  actúan con temas familiares, humorísticos e incorporan la música Rock, iluminación sofisticada y grandes cantidades de papel, se presentará en:

Fecha:     Febrero 18 del 2015

Hora:       7:30 p.m.

Lugar:      State Farm Arena

Nos vemos en McAllen!

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McAllen HS mariachi wins state for second straight year

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McALLEN— The pressure was greater at this year’s state high school mariachi competition for McAllen High School senior Eduardo Villarreal, who after being part of the winning group last year thought all eyes would be on them. Thankfully, the pressure worked in their favor as they returned with a first-place trophy for the second time.

The group, called Mariachi de Oro, competed against about a dozen high school mariachis in their category this year in San Antonio and on Saturday took the gold once again.

“Last year was the first year that we ever even thought about going to compete and we took everyone by surprise,” the 17-year old said. “This year we had to prove that we could win again this year after taking such a big hit. And we proved it to everyone that we have what it takes to be consecutive champions.”

This year, 14 local high schools were among more than 30 finalists. Event coordinator Juan B. Ortiz had said that this is the highest number of groups since the annual tradition started eight years ago.

Mariachi de Oro’s teacher Alex Treviño said he was happy to make it to state again, but the fact that half of this year’s group was new and hadn’t been to state required a greater effort from all.

“They left everything they had up on stage,” he said. “A lot of energy went into it, a lot of solid preparation, and more than a lot of heart.”

Having mostly new members was not the only challenge for the champions. Treviño said that due to the school’s lack of resources the group hardly has the opportunity to perform with professional equipment.

“Our kids never play on a full-sound system because we don’t have one in our auditorium,” he said. “It’s like having a football team and just talking about what you are going to do inside a classroom.”

But they got a golden opportunity to practice their craft in a professional stage a few weeks before at the University of Texas-Pan American. Treviño said that even though it was only for a brief moment, this opportunity contributed to the group’s readiness and self-esteem.

At the finals, the group was given 12 minutes to perform three songs, which included "Yo Soy del Mero Jalisco," "Oyeme," and "La Rosa Colorada.

Story Courtesy of The Monitor

by Danya Perez-Hernandez

IMAS Rings in the Lunar New Year


McAllen, TX- Celebrate the Lunar New Year and the official start of the Year of the Goat with a number of cultural activities hosted by the International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) on Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Now in its third year, the event seeks to highlight the rich diversity of the Rio Grande Valley’s Asian community. Visitors of all ages will be able to enjoy a number of traditional activities and customs that are celebrated throughout Asia during the Lunar New Year.

The Lunar New Year comes from the start of the new lunisolar year, which is based on the year’s moon phases and used by most Asian countries. Typically, the Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian, Tibetan and Vietnamese New Year occur on or near the same date and include a number of activities ranging from colorful dance exhibitions to storytelling to hanging calligraphy, charms and handwritten wishes for the year ahead.

This year’s lineup of events will offer visitors many of the same activities with traditional Chinese and Korean games, Peking Mask Making, a Kung Fu Presentation, and a lion dance. Guests can also learn the ancient art of Origami, experience a Chinese tea tasting and presentation, or learn the basics of Chinese calligraphy and watercolor painting.

Of course, it would hardly be a celebration without some delicious sustenance. That’s why attendees will have the chance to sample an array of typical Asian New Year’s dishes and vote for their favorites. The celebration will finish off with a traditional Chinese dance exhibition featuring the award-winning Mary Shingler and her students, who will also offer information and insight about each dance in between performances. During this time, visitors will be invited to participate in a museum-wide procession during a dragon blessing which is believed to bring luck and prosperity for the New Year.

IMAS would like to extend its sincerest gratitude to Mary Shingler, George & Virginia Gause, the Rio Grande Valley Chinese American Association, the UTPA Chinese Students, the Seoul Grocery Market, the RGV Chinese Baptist Church, the Mantis Boxing Factory, the Bowen Chinese Language & Cultural Center, the Asian Culture Company, the Oasis Language Center, and the Chinese Students & Scholars Association for their support and partnership in the planning of this event. 

The Lunar New Year Festival will take place at IMAS on Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The festival is included in the price of general admission. General admission is FREE for IMAS Members; $7/Adult; $5/Senior or Student w. ID; $4/Child (4-12). For more information, please call (956) 682-0123 or visit

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Hawk Watch at Bentsen-RGV State Park & World Birding Center!

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Everyone is invited to join Park Naturalists and volunteers as they spot and count thousands of migrating raptors during our annual Hawk Watch.  

The spring Hawk Watch season begins March 1 at Bentsen RGV State Park and there is an opportunity for the public to learn more about birds of prey and to join our hawk counters through April, as part of this important citizen science program.   

Birds of prey are important indicators of the overall health of our environment.  Bentsen’s annual spring and fall Hawk Watch seasons contribute to HawkCount, a long-term study that monitors raptor population trends and is the world’s largest standardized raptor migration count network.  HawkCount is a project of Hawk Migration Association of North America/HMANA (

Ride our Park Tram and meet us at the Hawk Tower this spring every day from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm.  Please remember to bring your binoculars, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and drinking water. Park admission is required. 

For folks interested in becoming a volunteer at Bentsen’s Hawk Watch, a Volunteer Training Day will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 1 to 4 p.m.  This will be a classroom focus on field identification of raptors in flight.

To register for Hawk Watch Training Day or for more information contact Roy J. Rodriguez, Park Interpreter or Melissa Chadwick, Natural Resources Specialist at Bentsen-RGV State Park and World Birding Center, 2800 South Bentsen Palm Drive in Mission, (956) 584-9156. 

Pic: BWHA Caption:  A common migrant hawk in spring, Broad-winged
Hawk (Buteo platypterus) is the most frequently counted raptor during Hawk
Watch.  Credit: Bill Supulski 

Pic: SWHA Caption: In the spring, Swainson’s Hawks (Buteo swainsoni) return from their Argentine winter grounds - one of the longest migrations of any North American raptor. Credit: Bill Supulski 

McAllen Art Grant Program Deadline



Contact: Laura Robles, Cultural Arts & Incubator


Phone: 956-687-2787


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Deadline for applications:  12-noon on Friday, March 13, 2015

McAllen— McAllen Art Grant Program is an open submission grant scheme for individual artists and organizations living and working in McAllen. Awards up to a maximum of $1,000 are available to artists and organizations working in the context of art.

           The deadline for submission of a McAllen Art Grant is Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 12pm.  The McAllen Chamber of Commerce and the McAllen Arts Council have been working effectively to promote art within the Valley.  For the upcoming year, the two organizations would like to award grants to artists and organizations that are seeking funding for projects in McAllen.

           Organizations and individual artists that have received grants in prior years have been The Art House, RGV Ballet, South Texas Indian Dancers, The Dance Conservatory of McAllen, South Texas Symphony Association, Los Caminos Del Rio, and David Freeman to name a few.

The grant program in McAllen distributes money from The McAllen Chamber of Commerce and Texas Commission on the Arts to individual artists and art organizations.  The McAllen Chamber of Commerce and The Texas Commission on the Arts are making an important contribution to cultural activities in McAllen. We hope that these new grants will provide a valuable legacy.
          Applications are available at and at McAllen Creative Incubator office at 601 N. Main Street, McAllen Texas.    For more information regarding the grants program or to request an application, please contact: Laura Robles, at the McAllen Creative Incubator at (956) 687.2787 or  Completed applications must be received by 12 noon on Friday, March 13, 2015.

Applications, clearly marked Grants Management Unit, should be sent to the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, 1200 Ash Ave., P.O. Box 790, McAllen, 78505.  Please note we cannot accept faxed or emailed applications. We will only consider applications received by the deadline. 

McAllen Nature Center Offers FREE Yoga, Nature Sketching and More

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The McAllen Nature Center has added programs in addition to their continuous weekly programs. Two Yoga for Resilience classes, offered by instructor Jackelin Trevino, will be held on Saturday, February 21st from 11 am to noon and Sunday, February 22nd from 10 am to 11 am. Yoga for Resilience is a yoga program designed to provide any person with the benefits of yoga practice. Yoga has immense benefits beyond the mat- intentional breathing relieves stress and tension within the body and mind while the physical movement increases circulation and range of motion in a gentle and gradual way. Bring a yoga or exercise mat, and water. The sessions are suitable for ages 15 and up and will be cancelled in the event of rain or temperatures under 60 degrees.

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Nature: Sketching courses taught by artist Victoria Gregory will be offered on Saturday, February 21st and Saturday, March 21st from 10 am until noon. Learn how to begin sketching nature! Bring your own pencil, paper, and clip board if possible. This session is suitable for ages 10 and up and will be cancelled in the event of rain.

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Continuing, McAllen Nature Center programs include Bird & Nature Walks every Wednesday
at 8:30, and Tai Chi every Saturday morning from 9 am to 10 am, weather permitting. Family programs on various nature topics occur on the fourth Saturday of every month. The next program, titled Winged Wonders, will explore all things with wings, and be held on February 28th from 10:30 am to 11:30 am.

McAllen Nature Center is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 8 am until noon. It is located
at 4101 W Business 83, between Bentsen Road and Ware Road. The Center features one half mile of ADA accessible trails which meander through native habitat. The park provides great opportunities to look for birds and butterflies, or simply enjoy a walk in nature. Park admission and programs are free of charge. For more information on the McAllen Nature Center, contact the City of McAllen Parks & Recreation at (956) 681-3333.

PHOTO CAPTION: Free programs at the McAllen Nature Center include Yoga, Tai Chi, Nature Sketching, Bird & Nature Walks and more!

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