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Video Juegos en Vivo

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En este evento que llega a McAllen podrás disfrutar de un Concierto de Multimedia, el Torneo del VideoJuego #1 en el mundo, Concurso de Guitar Hero, Concurso de Disfraces, Pantalla de video de última generación visual, Arte y Efectos especiales. Es para todas las edades, para jugadores y no jugadores.

Fecha :        Lunes 7 de  Abril de 2014

Hora :          Inicia a las 12 :00 p.m.

                   Concierto 7 :00 p.m.


Lugar:          McAllen Convention Center

                   700 Convention Center Blvd.

                   McAllen, Tx.






Celebrating Youth Art Month

This coming Friday April 4th we will be Celebrating Youth Art Month. The April McAllen Artwalk at the McAllen Creative Incubator will featureMcAllen ISD art work completed by students from all 7 Middle Schools, 4 high schools and the I&G center. The work will be on display from April 4 through April 25. Approximately 250 to 300 two-dimensional and three-dimensional works will be on display.

Plus the art group of the McAllen Creative Incubator holds an art walk downtown on the first Friday of each month in the evening, and it is the perfect opportunity for socializing, networking, and enjoying the local art scene. 

Come and check it out !! You'll find art from Doko Casual Art ART-one Studio , Vamos a pintar or find information from ACTIN if you like theater !!!

Its fun, its casual, and the artwork is first class. You can start the evening at the gallery or venue of your choice, and make your way around town at your own pace. There are of course a variety of antique stores, restaurants, and other businesses open, too, and the monthly entertainment line up includes music, art, and photography.

This Coming Friday April 4th we will open for Art Walk
6pm - 10pm

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McAllen KMAC students win national video award

McAllen ISD students in Audio/Video Production, also known as KMAC, brought home a national championship from the Student Television Network National Conference held March 20-23 in Orlando, Florida. Students took first place in the Short Story category.

The team consisted of Charlie Luna of James “Nikki” Rowe High, Aaron Trevino of McAllen High and Noe Gonzalez of McAllen Memorial.

In addition, the team of Romany Manriquez and Joseph Trevino of Memorial took third place in Convention Recap. Sebastian Sada of Rowe was one of just 10 students selected for the STN Host Contest.

There were more than 140 schools and 2,200 students competing from top video programs in the nation.

“Thank you and everyone in the communications office and MITV (McAllen Instructional Television) for their support and helping our students succeed,” KMAC Instructor Rob Garza said. “This is our fifth time in six years to be national champs in a category.”

The students pictured from left to right are Aaron Trevino, Charlie Luna, Noe Gonzalez, Joseph Trevino, Romany Manriquez and Sebastian Sada.

Starting in fall 2014, students in McAllen ISD courseslike Audio/Video Production may select the Business and Industry Endorsement as part of new state graduation guidelines outlined in House Bill 5. McAllen ISD will be offering all five endorsement options that are now part of the state graduation plan.


“The Rhythm that Moves Me” art exhibition

McAllen.  Hinovations Art Gallery is pleased to present “The Rhythm that Moves Me” art exhibition in collaboration with Rhythm Room Studio in McAllen.  Local artists, Irma Garza Garcia, Raquel Hinojosa and Gaby Rico have taken inspiration from the joy of Latin dancing to join the Rhythm Room in their 2nd Year Anniversary Celebration.  The exhibit is made up of 15 figurative works of art rendered in acrylics and mixed media in rich vibrant colors.  The collection depicts solo figures to dancing couples engaging in rhythmic movements.  The exhibition opens for display on Saturday, March 29th at 8pm to 2am at Rhythm Room Studio located at Court Yard Plaza on 5401 N. 10th St., Ste. 215, McAllen.  There is a $15 entrance fee which includes live music provided by our very own Rio Grande Valley native and Grammy Nominee Roy Escobedo, also known as recording artist ELIO! Complimentary appetizers and drinks! Door prizes and lots of social dancing! The public is invited to put on their dancing shoes and walk the red carpet to this fun filled event!  The art exhibit will remain on display thru April 15th

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Rhythm Room Studio will also be offering Latin Dance Workshops such as Salsa, Bachata & Kizomba under the instruction of World Master Instructor Troy Anthony from Houston, TX. A Cumbia Workshop with International Champion Benny Lee of the RGV and a Country Workshop by local instructor will also be available.  All workshops will be taking place on Saturday, March 29th, 11am- 5pm.  Please contact them at 956-569-6134 or visit or for more information and tickets.

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Contact Gallery Director, Raquel Hinojosa concerning information about the Art Exhibition at 956-688-6461 or email at   Contact Marketing Director, Janie Martinez concerning Rhythm Room Studio 2nd Anniversary Red Carpet Celebration at 956-569-6134 or

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Grand Distancia Movie

Valente Rodriguez was born on February 14, 1961 in Edcouch, Texas, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Erin Brockovich (2000), (500) Days of Summer (2009) andDeep Blue Sea (1999).

Attended The University of Texas-Pan American.

He has been featured in a promotional commercial for the University that has been aired in the Rio Grande Valley.

Valente Rodriguez not only attended The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) but is also from the area, the Rio Grande Valley.

Received a Distinguished Alumni Award from The University of Texas-Pan American in 2006 for his success in television and film.

The theater department head of The University of Texas-Pan American, Marian Monta, gave him $2000 out of her own pocket after he graduated to help him get to Los Angeles.

On July 30th of 2005 threw out the first pitch for the Astros vs. Mets game, Astros won that game 2-0. [July 2005]


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Artisan Mexican food, decor at fest hosted by McAllen Creative Incubator in TX

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In what's known as the "Tropics of Texas," McAllen, Texas has developed into quite the arts town. I was recently at an event incorporating food and crafts fromall over Mexico at the McAllen Creative Incubator in McAllen, Texas.

The incubator might look like a stark professional building to the untrained eye, but there's a lot going on. This is what they have to say about it:


What is the McAllen Creative Incubator?

"The McAllen Creative Incubator is a venue that offers low cost studios for start-up artists. The Incubator is meant to foster the creativity of the tenants and provide emerging artists and organizations with managerial, legal, and technical support. The goal of the McAllen Creative Incubator is to support the continued professional growth of artists in order to enhance the cultural and economic vitality of our local community. The McAllen Creative Incubator will market and publicize the Incubator as a creative cooperative. Marketing materials will be created to promote the Incubator and its resident artists. Events will be held at the incubator to develop dynamic relationships between art, artists, audiences and the public." Ivan Gonzalez Director of Art Development

General Information
17 Art Studios
12 Artist
1 Gallery
1 Paint Lab
1 Idea Lab

Mon - Thu: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Parking Lot

There are also comfy sofas where you can just come in and take meetings, if you work out of your house, etc.

The incubator hosted a day of the Mexican Artisan Expo. The expo featured were over 100 artisans, including people who had traveled for days from remote, Native American regions in Mexico. Artisans came from 12 Mexican States such as Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Guanajuato, San Luis Potosi, Oaxaca, Jalisco, Estado de Mexico, Puebla, Chiapas, Coahuila, Veracruz and Michoacan among others.

I saw all kinds of unique products for sale, such as home made pickled peppers, dulce de leche candies, honey products, hot sauces and a very different kind of candy made of sweet potatoes. I got a chunk -- they look like cut crystals -- and was surprised that they're low in sugar, but high in nutrients like fiber. There were also lots of hand-dyed and hand-embroidered linens to decorate dining room tables.

By Tamar Fleishman

A Midsummer Night's Dream Auditions at STC Cooper Center

describe the imageIn celebration of William Shakespeare’s 400th birthday, South Texas College Theatre and the Drama Department’s Academic Cooperative students will bring his most popular comedy to life – A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This classic play will end their successful 2013-2014 production season. Auditions for the May 2014 production will take place March 18-19 from 7 to 10 p.m. at STC’s Cooper Center for Communication Arts Black Box Studio, located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. Call backs will be held at the same location and time on March 20. All STC and Valley community members, 18 and over, are welcome to audition.

 A quartet of mismatched lovers and a gaggle of hapless actors cross paths with the king and queen of the fairies, entangled in their own domestic dispute. A wondrous wood brimming with possibilities sets the scene for Shakespeare's spectacular tale, exploring the inexplicable magic of falling in love—and the wonder of waking up from the sweetest of dreams.

 A cold reading from the script will be made available at the audition. The director is looking for a cast of at least 15 actors with a core of seven men, three women, and five roles that can be played by men or women. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is scheduled to take the STC Cooper Center for Communication Arts Black Box Studio on May 1 – 4, 2014.

For more information, call 956-872-2639 or email or


Este próximo miércoles 19 de marzo abrimos la ANIMACIÓN DE LECTURAS a las 6:00pm en la Suite9 del McAllen Creative Incubator 

Fomentar de forma divertida el gusto por la lectura en los niños. La dinámica es leer un cuento con el apoyo de utilerías como pelucas, lentes, etc. y posteriormente actuar, bailar o dibujar con los niños alguna actividad en torno al cuento leído.

Esta actividad esta dirigida a niños de 4 años en adelante.
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Costo: $10 dlls (Por clase)

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South Texas College and McAllen Chamber of Commerce Creative Incubator Partner to Offer Spring Classes

McAllen, Texas – March 3, 2014- South Texas College's (STC) Continuing Professional and Workforce Education Department (CPWE), in partnership with the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, will present a variety of art, dance, and music classes starting this April 2014 at the McAllen Creative Incubator. All classes are led by skilled teachers approved by STC Human Resources and are designed to encourage students to unleash their imagination.

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Formal lessons are scheduled to be offered in a variety of media. Popular classes include oil painting, acting, scrapbooking, cake and floral decoration and even salsa and tango dance instruction.

 “The McAllen Chamber of Commerce and STC are making an important contribution to cultural activities in McAllen,” said McAllen Chamber of Commerce Director of Arts Development Ivan F. Gonzalez.  “We hope that this new project at the McAllen Creative Incubator will provide a valuable legacy to our community.”

 For a complete schedule of classes and registration, visit STC’s Continuing Professional and Workforce Education website at or call 956-872-3585.  It is important to note that although classes will be held at the McAllen Creative Incubator, registration for these classes takes place at the CPWE office in Pecan Plaza located at 2621 Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. The McAllen Creative Incubator is located at 601 N. Main St. in downtown McAllen.

 With 31,000 students, South Texas College is the largest institution of higher education south of San Antonio. Dr. Shirley A. Reed is the founding president of STC, which consists of five campuses including the Pecan Campus, Technology Campus, Dr. Ramiro R. Casso Nursing and Allied Health Campus, Mid-Valley Campus, and the Starr County Campus, three centers, Continuing Professional and Workforce Professional Education, and eSTC Virtual Campus. To learn more visit

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Poetry Fest Registration & Boundless Submissions

Call for Submissions Extended to March 25!

Boundless 2014: The Official Anthology of the Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival (7th Annual VIPF) is now accepting submissions!
Deadline: Mailed payment postmarked by March 25, 2014 
Submissions: E-mail Submissions Only.

Boundless will be published as a perfect bound edition and will be available widely, such as on As always, poets do not have to attend our festival or register for our festival in order to submit for publication. (While this may change in the future, our open policy remains generous.)

Previous editions include poets from across Texas, New York, India, Brazil, Portugal, Spain, Bangladesh, and England, etc. Be part of this exciting edition!

E-mail Submissions Only. Mailed Submissions Will NOT Be Accepted! 
Submit up to three typewritten poems (a haiku is one poem and each haiku/poem will be considered individually, regardless of whether they're part of a series) in a legible font. 
Poems may be of any topic, any language. (We ask for a translation if it is not in English, however. That said, not all translations will be accepted for publication; it is also possible that only the translation will be accepted, and not the original poem.)
Strict 30-line limit per poem, not including title and spaces.
E-mail Submissions Only. Mailed Submissions Will NOT Be Accepted! 
E-mail submissions to 
No previously published poems, please, except from self-published chapbooks with limited distribution. 
DO NOT place your name or other identifying information on the poems themselves. 
Submit a cover letter that includes:

Your Name
Title of poem(s) or first line for an untitled poem
E-mail address AND phone number
A short bio – 50 words or less – written in third person, focusing on your life as a poet
Include a check for $8 payable to "Art That Heals, Inc."

You must supply an e-mail address for contact.

IF YOU WILL NOT COLLECT YOUR ANTHOLOGY IN PERSON, YOU MUST MAIL A SELF-ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE LARGE ENOUGH FOR A 6" by 9" BOOK--not a flat 6 by 9 paper; so the envelope must be larger than those dimensions!(PAYABLE FOR $2.00). If you will pick up your copy in person, or have a friend pick one up for you, the $2 fee is not required.

We strongly prefer to communicate by e-mail: 
If you change your e-mail, let us know immediately. 
NOTE: You must still mail your check, or money order (made out to ART THAT HEALS, INC.):

Boundless Editorial Committee 
1413 Jay Ave. 
McAllen, TX 78504

A separate form and process is involved if you plan to join us as a registered poet for our 7th Annual VIPF.

Attached please find the registration form for VIPF 2014--our 7th Annual Rio Grande Valley Int'l. Poetry Festival (April 24--27) and 8th Annual Poetry Pachanga!

docs/2014 VIPF Registration.docx
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