India Association of the Rio Grande Valley presents:
Soorya Festival 2013
June 2, 2013 at Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance
India Association of the Rio Grande Valley presents For the first time in USA a visual classical treat by the world renowned Dr. Soorya Krishnamoorthy. Soorya Festival Sangamam.
“Sangamam” a dazzling stage performance , where several accomplished artists participates, focused on India’s deep-rooted unity in diversity while projecting its very rich cultural heritage is presented by Padmasree Dr. Soorya Krishnamoorthy, founder of SOORYA Stage and Film Society the biggest cultural society of the World and also the Best run society in the country. Fusion of Music and Dance from 20 Artists from all over India comes together in this program to tell the world about Unity of India with its Diversities. This will be a light and sound spectacular and fusion of classical dance and music , that is enjoyable across the boundaries of language and cultures. Soorya is with several records in presenting unique visually spectacular shows of Indian Classical arts to the common public.
Soorya is a full member of the National Film Archive of India, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Federation of Film Societies of India.
The main activities of Soorya include screening films of artistic excellence, presenting film directors and holding their retrospectives, organizing seminars and discussions, conducting festivals of music, dance, talk, video, theatre, painting, photography…
Soorya stands for good cinema and good stage programmes; also functions as a platform for the promotion of young talents.
Find out what it is all about:
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Recognizing Great Value in the Arts of the Rio Grande Valley
Museum of South Texas History Presents Edible and Medicinal South Texas Plants With Park Ranger Jade Rutledge
Han Funerary Art Arrives at IMAS
McAllen, Texas-On Thursday, May 23, 2013, the International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) will give welcome to “Entombed Treasures: Funerary Art of Han Dynasty China” with an opening reception at 6:00 p.m. This exhibit, on loan from the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA), will be on display at IMAS from May 23, 2013 to September 15, 2013. “Entombed Treasures” showcases the art, daily life, and beliefs of the Han Dynasty through examples of tomb ware from SAMA’s own collection of Chinese ceramics and metalwork.
The Han dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) was a period of great progress and innovation in early China. The visual arts flourished in these four centuries of increased cultural sophistication. Spiritual thought of the period emphasized the continuity between the present and after life. Tombs of important officials and landowners were lavishly decorated and stocked with everything the deceased might need in the next world, including favorite belongings, everyday items, and food. Striking ceramic representations of the deceased’s attendants, animals, model homes, and granary were among the objects that furnished the tombs. Bronze and earthenware objects in “Entombed Treasures”, some of which are rarely on display, illustrate the development of funerary objects over the course of this formative ancient dynasty.
IMAS would like to thank SAMA for their support in bringing world-class exhibits to the South Texas community. “Entombed Treasures: Funerary Art of Han Dynasty China” is the second exhibit in collaboration with the San Antonio Museum of Art in a span of 15 months. In February of 2012 IMAS displayed “Fantin-Latour: French Impressionist Works from the San Antonio Museum of Art”, an exhibit which has only been shown three times in the last 100 years.
“Entombed Treasures: Funerary Art of Han Dynasty China” will be at IMAS from May 23, 2013 to September 15, 2013. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and is included in the price of general admission; FREE for IMAS Members. For more information, please call (956) 682-0123 or visit www.imasonline.org.
Pictured: Warriors on Horseback
China, Western Han dynasty (206 BC – 9 AD)
Earthenware with pigments
Gift of Lenora and Walter F. Brown
Photography by Peggy Tenison
Courtesy of the San Antonio Museum of Art
The International Museum of Art & Science is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The mission of the International Museum of Art & Science is to promote a deeper appreciation of the arts and sciences through exhibitions, cultural events, and educational programs; and to preserve, expand, and display its permanent art and science collections. The museum is located at the intersection of Bicentennial Way and Nolana Avenue. Monday: Closed; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.. IMAS provides $1 general admission to the public every Thursday evening from 4:00p.m.-8:00p.m.. Log onto http://www.imasonline.org for more information.
The Third Mexican “Shinzaburo Takeda” Biennial of Printmaking
Apr. 25, 2013 – Jul. 21, 2013
The 10,000 Springs Pavilion
in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution
Feb. 10, 2013 – Aug. 18, 2013
Stained Glass Windows from the Studio of Louis Comfort Tiffany
On Permanent Loan
Family Fun Nights
Enjoy General Admission every Thursday from 4pm-8pm for just $1/person!
Toddler Play Dates and Spectacular Saturdays at the Edinburg World Birding Center
The EWBC is introducing Toddler Play Date meetings for families with children ages 1 to 4. Are you looking for your child(ren) to interact with others their age? Visit our site and surround yourself in our natural world. Each play date will have a theme that your children are sure to love and be inspired by! We would like you to join us in hands-on, interactive play for you and your children. Activities can include puppet shows, story telling, puzzle time, free play, coloring, and guided walks throughout our grounds. Come join the fun at the Edinburg World Birding Center.
Also at the EWBC we will be having our regular Spectacular Saturdays on the last Saturday of every month. We have something for everyone.Visitors can enjoy puzzles, crafts, games and more. Adults don’t feel left out,our interpretive naturalist will be glad to guide you on a bird or butterfly walk through our grounds you won’t want to miss! What do you have to lose? You’ll be spending time with your family and will get to take home a craft that you’ve made and it’s all FREE! Families come by on the last Saturday of each month and celebrate nature with us.
Toddler Play Dates are scheduled for Saturday, May 18th,from 9 am to 10:30 am. Fee per toddler is $2 (with supervising adult(s)) and any additional family members visiting but not participating in the program must pay EWBC admission. Please call ahead to register for Toddler Play Dates as space is limited. Spectacular Saturdays are held on the last Saturday of the month. Admission is FREE. Doors open at 8 am and close at 5 pm. Grounds are open from 7 am to 6 pm.
The Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center is located at 714 S. Raul Longoria Rd. (in the Edinburg Municipal Park), Edinburg, Texas. For more Toddler Play Date and Spectacular Saturday information or other programs, please call us at (956)381-9922 or visit us on the web at www.edinburgwbc.org.
LOCAL ARTIST TO GIVE TALK AT WESLACO MUSEUM
Weslaco – Last Saturday, the Weslaco Museum hosted an opening reception for it’s latest exhibit titled “El Cielo.” The new exhibit features work by local artist, Delvis Cortez. Canvases containing spontaneous marks and abstract shapes fill the gallery, allowing the viewer to explore and create their own images.
Cortez will be back again at the Weslaco Museum on Friday, May 17, 2013 for an artist talk, where he will give the audience an insight into his work, as well as provide a platform for discussion. The artist talk and discussion will take place from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. This event is free and the public is cordially invited.
Delvis Cortez is a UTPA fine arts graduate whose work comes to be through a process called decalcomania, Cortez uses diluted oil paint that spreads across a large glass surface and transfers it onto canvas. “The work is based purely on spontaneity and experimentation,” says Cortez, who is also heavily influenced by German psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach’s development of the inkblot test – more commonly know as the Rorschach test.
For more information, please call 968-9142 or email the programs coordinator at email@example.com.
The Weslaco Museum is open at 500 S. Texas Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and college students, $2 for children 5-17 and free to children under 5. Admission is free on first Saturdays of the month, and for special programs.
Physics Fun at IMAS
McAllen, Texas- Join our science quest this Sunday, May 5th from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and explore the wonders of the universe at the “1st Annual Physics Phaire” hosted by IMAS and UTPA! You’ll be amazed and astonished by what you’ll discover through observation, experimentation, and hands on exploration! Test the limits of physics, explore robotics, investigate the power of magnets, check out static electricity and much more.
IMAS is collaborating with the University of Texas-Pan American,the UTPA College of Science and Mathematics, the Center of Excellence in STEM Education, Society of Physics Students, UTEACH, the UTPA Geology Club, and TexPrep! We would like to thank them for their partnership and continued support to enhance learning through the arts and sciences throughout the Rio Grande Valley.
This community event is free for everyone and will showcase the best of what physics has to offer! For more information on the “1st Annual Physics Phaire”, please contact us at (956) 682-0123 or visit www.imasonline.org.
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Sunday Speaker Series Presents Mexican American Remedies and Healings with Kathy Castro
Rio Grande Valley native to present on May 5, 2013 at 2 p.m.
The Museum of South Texas History welcomes Kathy Castro as she presents “Mystic Remedies and Healings From the Kitchens and Gardens of South Texas.” A Rio Grande Valley native, Castro’s talk will focus on remedies and healings grown in her garden and made from natural ingredients in her kitchen for health, happiness, good fortune and love. The presentation will include a display with a variety of samples and conclude with a question and answer session.
Traditionally, home remedies were created from herbs and common kitchen ingredients and were used to treat common aches, pains and illnesses. Unlike modern medicine, each type of herb was thought to relieve a wide range of health problems and was readily available as they were indigenous to the area. These homemade natural remedies and healings were passed down from generation to generation, such as in Castro’s family. An Edinburg local, Castro has become skilled in home remedies and healings known to South Texas and used historically for many years. Her presentation will concentrate on remedies known in the Rio Grande Valley and other Mexican American traditions passed from generations of mothers to daughters. Audience members will learn the historical purpose of these natural ingredients and how they were used.
Castro, along with her sister, Stephanie Salazar, may be familiar faces as they have exhibited at MOSTHistory events such as Pioneer & Ranching Crafts Day and Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Together, they have sold traditional homemade natural remedies and other natural products such as soaps and herbs for tea. Ingredients you might find in Castro’s remedies and healings include oils, stones, salts and other natural elements from the earth. Attendees at this presentation will be able to see, touch and smell a variety of Castro’s products including soaps, candles and herbs. This Sunday Speaker Series presentation by Castro is included in the fee for regular museum admission. FRIENDS of the museum are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDship.
About Museum of South Texas History
The Museum of South Texas History is located in downtown Edinburg at 200 North Closner Boulevard on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square. Hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Founded in 1967 as the Hidalgo County Historical Museum in the 1910 Hidalgo County Jail, the museum has grown over the decades through a series of expansions to occupy a full city block. In 2003 following the completion of a 22,500 square foot expansion, the museum was renamed the Museum of South Texas History to better reflect its regional scope. Today, the museum preserves and presents the borderland heritage of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico through its permanent collection and the Margaret H. McAllen Memorial Archives and exhibits spanning prehistory through the 20th century. More information about the museum, including becoming a FRIEND, is available at www.mosthistory.org or by calling +1-956-383-6911.
Hollyweird Arrives in the Valley
The world premier of an original play, Hollyweird, will be staged on the University of Texas-Pan American campus next month at the Albert L. Jeffers Theatre. In this comedy of Hollywood manners, the walk of fame is paved with homicide as a screenwriter and her brother accidentally murder their way to success and stardom. Peter Mikolasky will direct this production written by David Bennett Carren, which is based on his experiences working as a writer/producer on shows like Star Trek, the Next Generation, Walker, Texas, Ranger, and Diagnosis Murder.
The play focuses on Kelly Friedman, a young woman struggling to survive as a screenwriter in Los Angeles when her brother, Bosco Friedman, arrives at her door. He tells his sister that, after a big fight with their tyrannical Mother, he strangled the woman, hid her body in a refrigerator in their family flower shop in Texas, and fled to LA. When an unscrupulous producer learns Bosco is a Mother murderer, he offers him a deal he can’t refuse… kill several additional women to provide the material for a sensational film… or go to jail. Kelly’s efforts to protect her brother from himself — combined with a large dose of strange luck and ridiculous circumstance — will lead them to a colorful and hilarious career in murder and movies.
“In this piece, I’ve mixed homicide and humor with a healthy dose of family dysfunction and authentic Hollywood shenanigans,” Carren says. “Except for the murders, everything that happens in Hollyweird happened to me during the course of my career. My play is as much a cautionary tale as a memoir. We should always be wary of what we wish for.”
Hollyweird runs April 23-28, 2013 in the Albert L. Jeffers Theatre in the
Communication Arts & Sciences Building (Arts & Humanities ARHU). For information or reservations you may call 956 665-3581 or email Elva Galvan at
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