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JDA readies for ‘Glitz and Glamour’ fundraiser Nov. 2

20131018 Juan-Diego-Academy-GALAJuan Diego Academy, the Valley’s newest Catholic high school, is hosting their third annual gala, “A Night of Glitz and Glamour,” on Saturday, Nov. 2. It’s taking place at the JDA campus located at 5208 South FM 494, which is on the grounds of the old Novitiate south of Mission. The reception begins at 6 p.m., with the dinner following at 7 p.m.

A major fundraiser for the school, proceeds will be used to build more classrooms for the campus. The fledgling high school is now in its third year, also. It began with a freshman class of 19 students—now 21— and, each year, a new class has been added. JDA now has 77 students in three grade levels. In 2015, that first group of ninth graders becomes the first graduating class.

The Junior Class will perform a “Roaring 20s” dance as part of the evening’s entertainment, and a saxophonist will provide music throughout the dinner hour. A DJ and a jazz band round out the rest of the musical program.

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Artists ready for ‘All Members’ show and sale tomorrow

20131011 UVALAction 7The public is invited to the Upper Valley Art League’s 2013 All Members’ Exhibit. This year’s event is being combined with the Mission Chamber of Commerce’s monthly business mixer. It begins at 7 p.m. in the UVAL gallery at 921 E. 12th St. in Mission in an evening to bring the public, the artists and business professionals together to meet, greet and shop in a relaxed, social setting.

UVAL members have been working for months “to create works of art to display and sell at the annual event,” according to Robert L. Rivera, UVAL vice president. Their varied works will cover a wide range of mediums, including sculpture, watercolor, photography, acrylic, decorative art, oil, ceramic and fiber art.

The exhibit also offers an opportunity when the artists will be present to answer questions and explain the creative processes behind their works. Their works will continue to be displayed at the gallery through Nov. 5 and can be viewed during regular gallery hours.

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‘Quantics’ exhibit by sculptor Sebastian opens Oct. 10

20131004 Sebastian-Ben-Martinez-Dr-Jose-YacamanMcALLEN – The International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) will present their latest exhibit “Quantics: The Art & Science of Sebastian” with an opening reception on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through March 2, 2014.

In this exhibit the world-renowned sculptor Enrique Carbajal, better known as Sebastian, explores the worlds of quantum physics and nano particles, and combines them with his love for clean and geometric aesthetics.

“Quantics” is more than just an art exhibition. It transcends the museum’s interactive Discovery Pavilion, the Science On a Sphere Theatre, the museum grounds, and the streets of McAllen; thus, demonstrating the fusion between art and science and their dependency on one another for inspiration.  

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Sesame Street characters ‘Can’t Stop Singing’

20130927 sesame-street-cant-stop-singingHIDALGO - The loveable characters of Sesame Street “Can’t Stop Singing” and they’re doing it all the way to the Rio Grande Valley for seven performances in a four-day stop at State Farm Arena. Tickets are on sale for the shows which run from Nov. 21 through 24 with an array of show times and special offers.

Kids of all ages can join in the fun when Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Murray and other favorite Sesame Street friends bring the magic of music to life on stages big and small – and into the audience. When Elmo gets his furry fingers on Abby Cadabby’s magic wand, there’s something in the air and Sesame Street becomes a nonstop, all-singing, all-dancing musical montage.

Grover and Baby Bear sing their highs and lows, Cookie Monster sings fast and slow, Bert and Ernie converse in song and Murray makes mouth music for all to sing along. The audience will learn why it feels good to sing a song and why it feels good to stop.

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STC kicks off lecture series for Hispanic Heritage Month

STC-logoSouth Texas College’s annual Hispanic Heritage Month festivities have begun with several campus-wide activities, including the “Pláticas Sol de Aztlan Lecture Series” that will feature an artist, five authors, and an exclusive film screening with the director.

Hispanic Heritage Month is officially celebrated across the country from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. The majority of STC events during the month-long celebration are free and open to the public.

The guest speakers are sponsored by STC’s Library Services, Center for Mexican American Studies, Visual Arts and Music Department, and the college’s Division of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

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