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November 9-11 & 18

  • The STC Theatre & Dance season starts with Matt Cox’s play “Puffs or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic.”The production will run on Nov. 9 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. and will include a matinee at 2 p.m. on Nov. 12 and 18. The Sunday, Nov. 12, matinee will include an American Sign Language interpretation. It will be held at STC’s Cooper Center for Performing Arts at the Pecan Campus, 3200 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen.  General admission tickets for the Main Stage and Black Box Studio productions are $5. The group rate for 10 or more guests is $3. Tickets can either be purchased online at southtexascollege.edu/go/theatre using a credit card or on the day of the performance or at the box office with cash. For more information, call Johanna Leal at 956-872-2301 or via email at jleal5@southtexascollege.edu.

November 10-11

  • The UTRGV Dance: Lost In Translation will be presented in two performances, each night at 7:30 at the UTRGV Performing Arts Complex, 1201 W. University Dr. in Edinburg. The performance touches on hard-hitting topics, and pieces reflect narratives that are close to the artist’s heart, many inspired by their personal experiences. Featuring the works of graduating dance majors this is their Capstone Senior Project. Contains strong language and adult themes; patrons under the ages of 13 will not be admitted without a guardian. Admission is $5 and $10; tickets are available at www.showpass.com/senior-choreography-projects. For information, contact the Department of Dance at 956-665-2230 or 956-665-3881.

November 10-12

  • The 2023 Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival’s last two days at the Harlingen Convention Center presents expert speakers, informative workshops, a large tradeshow full of vendors, a silent auction, socials with local music and food, free family and children’s activities including numerous birds of prey flight shows and more. The Legends of Conservation Gala is new this year and will be held during the festival at the Harlingen Convention Center. For more information or to register, visit RGVBF.org. Registration is now open.

November 11

  • The St. Joseph Catholic School 24th Annual Turkeyfest Fall Festival begins at 11 a.m. on the school grounds at 119 W. Fay St., Edinburg. The event includes games, entertainment, educational presentations, food, and live and silent auctions and a student-led program for military veterans. Entrance is free; the unlimited rides bracelet is $25. For more information, contact Rudy Regalado at sjs-secretary@cdobcs.org or call 956-383-3957.

November 12

  • The International Museum of Art & Science will host an afternoon of opera from 2 to 3 p.m. at the museum, 1900 Nolana Ave., McAllen. The program showcases UTRGV students who will perform arias from their favorite operas and songs by composer George Gershwin. Admission to An Afternoon of Opera is included with IMAS general admission and free for IMAS members. For advanced tickets, visit the website at theimasonline.org. Call 956-681-2800 for more information.
  • The UTRGV Horn Studio performance begins at 3 p.m. at the theater in the Student Union (ESTUN) at the Edinburg campus, 1201 W. University Dr. The UTRGV Horn Choir will present a variety of new and traditional compositions for horn ensembles. Admission is free.
  • The UTRGV Distinguished Artist Series: Artrageous, Electrifying Art and Music Experience begins at 7 p.m. at the UTRGV Performing Arts Complex, 1201 W. University Dr. in Edinburg. Artrageous is the only immersive art experience where the audience is the heart of the show. It fuses live art, rock, concert, imaginative movement, vocal performance, comedy, and blacklight Bunraku. Admission is $5 and $10. Tickets are available at www.showpass.com/utrgv-distinguished-artist-series-artrageous-electrifying-art-and-music-experience.

November 13

  • The UTRGV Percussion Ensemble will present a program of chamber music for percussion instruments, spanning a wide range of styles, time periods, and instrumentation. It begins at 7 p.m. in the UTRGV Performing Arts Complex, 1201 W. University Dr., Edinburg.

November 13-29

  • The UTRGV Visual Communications BFA Exhibition  opens at 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 13, in the Visual Arts Building Gallery on the Edinburg campus, 1201 W. University Dr., and runs through Nov. 29. The School of Art and Design faculty invited students to explore a wide range of media to develop effective communication skills through the conceptual and analytical comprehension of images. Admission is free.

November 14

  • The McAllen Wind Ensemble band kicks off their season with a “Red, White, and Blues,” concert at 7:30 p.m. at the McAllen Performing Arts Center. The concert will present three featured artists: Jan Christine Pacis-Rama as the guest piano soloist on a band arrangement of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue; and band featured soloists, Dr. Ben Coy on trombone for the Blue Bells of Scotland and Laura Benavides on alto saxophone for Harlem Nocturne. Tickets range from $7 to $17 and can be purchased in-person at the McAllen Performing Arts Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, or go to ticketmaster.com. Additional fees may apply. For more information, contact info@mcallenwindsemble.org. For more information about the organization, visit mcallenwindensemble.org.

November 15

  • This date, at 5 p.m., is the deadline for the McAllen Public Utility’s first “Grateful for Water” art contest. The competition, open to 9th through 12th grade students who are McAllen residents, should depict artwork that shows the way water enriches their lives. Original art can be a painting, drawing, sculpture or digital art, with no limitations on dimensions.  Artwork should have a fitting title with a one to two sentence description of the benefit, appreciation or gratitude for water in their lives.  Submit via email to ksanchez@mcallen.net. Sculptures or other 3D artwork should be submitted via photos to that same email address and turned in to the McAllen Office of Communications, 3rd Floor, McAllen City Hall, 1300 W. Houston Ave., by that deadline, as well. For more information, contact Sanchez at 956-681-1705 or via e-mail.

November 21

  • Jesus Christ Superstar is the second performance of the Broadway in the Rio Grande Valley Show season. It begins at 7:30 p.m. at the McAllen Performing Arts Center. Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, a new production of the iconic musical phenomenon returns to the stage. Appealing to both theater audiences and concert music fans, this production pays tribute to the historic 1971 Billboard Album of the Year. For more information, visit experiencemcallen.com/broadway.

November 30 – December 3

  • The UTRGV Department of Theater will have its first return to a musical with Fun Home. This Broadway and Off-Broadway hit musical memoir centers around cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s memories of her childhood and early years in college as she reflects on her father’s life and legacy. The content carries LGBTQ+ themes and is geared for audiences 18 and over for strong language and adult themes. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday. The Saturday matinee has ASL interpretation. Ticket prices are $20 and $10 for UTRGV students, faculty and staff with a valid ID. For more information, visit utrgv.edu/theatre or contact the Theatre Box Office at 956-665-3518 or via email at theatreboxoffice@utrgv.edu.

December 1

  • The annual holiday favorite, “A Touch of Frost,” returns for its 23rd year with the Valley Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Peter Dabrowski. It features the Valley Symphony Chorale conducted by Dr. Sean Taylor, director of choral studies at UTRGV. The holiday program will include the Symphony’s signature arrangement of Feliz Navidad, along with selections from “The Nutcracker” and Handel’s “Messiah.” It takes place at the McAllen Performing Arts Center. To become a VSO sponsor, contact the VSO office at 956-661-1615 or via email at hello@valleyorchestra.org. For general information or tickets, go to valleyorchestra.org.

December 2

  • The 2023 McAllen Holiday Parade, the largest illuminated holiday and helium balloon parade in Texas, will celebrate its 10-year anniversary with a “South Pole Dream Land.” The parade steps off at 6 p.m. from McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium. There will be ticketed and free seating along the 1.5 mile parade route to enjoy over 50 illuminated and animated floats. Also returning again in 2023 is the MHP Sweepstakes, which will offer prizes, a free Park & Ride, festival and Christmas in the Park, that features food, games, carnival, local community performances and free concerts.

December 15

  • The McAllen Wind Ensemble Christmas concert tbegins at 7:30 p.m. at the McAllen Performing Arts Center. Tickets range from $7 to $17 and can be purchased in-person at the McAllen Performing Arts Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, or go to ticketmaster.com. Additional fees may apply. For more information, contact info@mcallenwindsemble.org. For more information about the organization, visit mcallenwindensemble.org.

2024

January 18

  • Clayton Stephenson, 2022 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition finalist, performs at 7 p.m. at the UTRGV Performing Arts Complex, 1201 W. University Dr. in Edinburg. For tickets, go to www.showpass.com/m/patron-of-the-arts. For information, email cofa@utrgv.edu.

February 13

  • The next McAllen Wind Ensemble econcert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the McAllen Performing Arts Center. Tickets range from $7 to $17 and can be purchased in-person at the McAllen Performing Arts Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, or go to ticketmaster.com. Additional fees may apply. For more information, contact info@mcallenwindsemble.org. For more information about the organization, visit mcallenwindensemble.org.

February 22

  • The STC Theatre & Dance continues their seaon with Antoine De Saint-Exupéry’s “The Little Prince,” an adaptation by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar. The Little Prince is about a lonely, little prince who journeys through the universe in search of enlightenment and finds the strange, narrow-minded world of grownups. It will be held at STC’s Cooper Center for Performing Arts at the Pecan Campus, 3200 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. General admission tickets for the Main Stage and Black Box Studio productions are $5. The group rate for 10 or more guests is $3. Tickets can either be purchased online at southtexascollege.edu/go/theatre using a credit card or on the day of the performance or at the box office with cash. For more information, call Johanna Leal at 956-872-2301 or via email at jleal5@southtexascollege.edu.

February 23

  • The Valley Symphony Orchestra season continues with the third concert of the season, “Lyrical Legends,” featuring the VSO’s Assistant Principal cellist Patrick Hopkins performing “Variations on a Rococo Theme.” Under the direction of Maestro Peter Dabrowski, the concert features family-friendly selections including “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and Stravinksy’s Firebird Suite. To become a VSO sponsor, contact the VSO office at 956-661-1615 or via email at hello@valleyorchestra.org. For general information or tickets, go to valleyorchestra.org.

February 23 & 24

  • Jasminne Mendez, playwright, translator, and award-winning author, speaks on Feb. 23 in Edinburg at the Dustin Michael Sekula Library at 6 p.m. and Feb. 24, 2024 at the UTRGV Ballroom at 9 a.m. For information, email cofa@utrgv.edu.

February 28

  • FLY Dance Company, street dance with classical choreographic principles, performs at 7 p.m. at the UTRGV Performing Arts Complex, 1201 W. University Dr. in Edinburg. For tickets, go to www.showpass.com/m/patron-of-the-arts. For information, email cofa@utrgv.edu.

March 1-3

  • The UTRGV Department of Theater presents Metamorphoses, a poetic retelling of classical Greek and Roman myths by Ovid. Passionate and captivating stories performed in a pool of water, actors will share with tales of love, loss and transformation. Age appropriate for high school level and above, it contains adult themes. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. ASL interpretation will be available for Saturday. Ticket prices are general admission, $17; senior/military, $12; and UTRGV student, faculty, staff w/valid ID, $7. For more information, visit utrgv.edu/theatre or contact the Theatre Box Office at 956-665-3518 or via email at theatreboxoffice@utrgv.edu.

March 2

  • Mariachi Los Campers performs at 7 p.m. at the UTRGV Performing Arts Complex, 1201 W. University Dr. in Edinburg. For tickets, go to www.showpass.com/m/patron-of-the-arts. For information, email cofa@utrgv.edu.

March 17

  • Come From Away is the third performance of the Broadway in the Rio Grande Valley Show season. It begins at 7:30 p.m. at the McAllen Performing Arts Center. On 9/11, the world stopped. On 9/12, their stories moved the world. This stirring and inspiring musical goes into the heart of the remarkable true story of the small town in Newfoundland that opened their homes to 7,000 stranded travelers on 9/11. During that fateful week, cultures clashed, and nerves ran high—but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Celebrate the best of humanity in this moving performance. For more information, visit experiencemcallen.com/broadway.

March 22

  • In its next concert, the Valley Symphony Orchestra presents “Potter and Piano” showcasing music from the Harry Potter films and returning soloist Tanya Gabrielian performing George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F. To become a VSO sponsor, contact the VSO office at 956-661-1615 or via email at hello@valleyorchestra.org. For general information or tickets, go to valleyorchestra.org.

April 7

  • The McAllen Wind Ensemble final concert of the season begins at 3 p.m. at the McAllen Performing Arts Center. Tickets range from $7 to $17 and can be purchased in-person at the McAllen Performing Arts Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, or go to ticketmaster.com. Additional fees may apply. For more information, contact info@mcallenwindsemble.org. For more information about the organization, visit mcallenwindensemble.org.

April 19

  • The Valley Symphony Orchestra’s season finale, “Spellbound Symphony,” will include Rimsky-Korsakov’s beguiling Scheherazade, inspired by the tales of “The Arabian Nights.” To become a VSO sponsor, contact the VSO office at 956-661-1615 or via email at hello@valleyorchestra.org. For general information or tickets, go to valleyorchestra.org.

April 19-21

  • The UTRGV Department of Theater ends the season with a rock and roll comedyAirness, a play about competitive air guitar and discovering the air-ness within. Follow Nina as she enters her first air guitar competition and finds out if she has what it takes to become the next champion. Appropriate for high school age and above. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday when ASL interpretation will be available. Ticket prices are general admission, $17; senior/military, $12; and UTRGV student, faculty, staff w/valid ID, $7. For more information, visit utrgv.edu/theatre or contact the Theatre Box Office at 956-665-3518 or via email at theatreboxoffice@utrgv.edu.

April 20

  • The STC Dance Collective’s Transcendence 2024 showcases the combined talents of students, community members, and dance professionals from the Rio Grande Valley. It is a series of visionary works that explore the human experience through raw physicality and storytelling. It will be held at STC’s Cooper Center for Performing Arts at the Pecan Campus, 3200 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. General admission tickets for the Main Stage and Black Box Studio productions are $5. The group rate for 10 or more guests is $3. Tickets can either be purchased online at southtexascollege.edu/go/theatre using a credit card or on the day of the performance or at the box office with cash. For more information, call Johanna Leal at 956-872-2301 or via email at jleal5@southtexascollege.edu.

April 20 & 21

  • Axiom Quartet performs at 7 p.m. on April 20 at the UTRGV Performing Arts Complex, 1201 W. University Dr. in Edinburg, and April 21 at 7 p.m. at the TSC Performing Arts Center, 90 Taylor Ave. in Brownsville. For tickets, go to www.showpass.com/m/patron-of-the-arts. For information, email cofa@utrgv.edu.

April 26

  • Chicago, The Musical is the fourth and final performance of the Broadway in the Rio Grande Valley Show season. It begins at 8 p.m. at the McAllen Performing Arts Center. After 25 years, it is still the one musical with everything that makes Broadway shimmy-shake in a universal tale of fame, fortune, and all that jazz, with one show-stopping song after another and the dancing to match it. For more information, visit experiencemcallen.com/broadway.

 

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