STC Theatre announces the World Premiere of
Tea Time by Mitch Harris
South Texas College Theatre will start their summer plays with a family theatre production of “Tea Time” by Mitch Harris. The production will run from June 20 – 22 at 7:30 p.m., and with a Sunday Matinee on June 23 at 2 p.m. The show is a must see so don’t miss out on it and bring your family along, we hope to see you there!
Tea Time is the tale of Prashanth, a young man born and raised in India, but longing for something more. Through interactions with strangers, friends, family, and tea, Prashanth attempts to discover his place in his rapidly changing world. Written by Austin-based Transit Theatre Troupe’s Producing Director, Mitch Harris, the play is based on his experiences working at an all-boys orphanage in Bangalore, India in the Summer of 2012
The performances will be held at the Pecan Campus Cooper Center for Communication Arts Black Box Studio Theatre, located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. General admission tickets are $5. Interns from the college’s Interpreting Training Program will interpret the Sunday, June 23 matinee production in American Sign Language.
Tickets can be purchased one hour before the performance at the box office or online at https://secure.touchnet.com/C20193_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=13.
STC Theatre presents “El Nogalar”, our final production of the summer, by McAllen native Tanya Saracho!
STC Theatre announces final production of the summer, the South Texas premiere of El Nogalar by McAllen native Tanya Saracho.
South Texas College Theatre will bring their 2013 summer production to a close with the South Texas premiere of El Nogalar by McAllen native Tanya Saracho. The production will run from June 27 – 29 at 8:00 p.m., and with a Sunday Matinee on June 30 at 2 p.m. The show is a must see so don’t miss out on it, and we hope to see you there!
El Nogalar is a retelling of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. The play tells the story of the Galvan family as they return home to Mexico after years in the U.S. With the rise of drug cartels, the family must come to terms with the economic upset and the new class order quickly emerging. Dunia, the Galvan’s housekeeper, watches Maité and her daughters, Valeria and Anita, waste their money and risk losing everything to the local drug cartel.
Saracho is a playwright, director, actor – as well as a TV writer for the upcoming Lifetime series Devious Maids. Named “Best New Playwright of 2010” by Chicago Magazine, Saracho is a new Ensemble Member at the Tony Award winning Victory Gardens Theater, in the playwright’s unit at the Mark Taper Forum, a resident playwright emerita at Chicago Dramatists, a Goodman Theatre Fellow at the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media at Columbia College Chicago, the founder of the Ñ Project, the producer and director of ALTA (Alliance of Latino Theater Artists) and founder and former Artistic Director of Teatro Luna: Chicago’s All-Latina Theater. Her plays have been performed at The Goodman Theater, Steppenwolf Theater, Teatro Vista, Teatro Luna, Fountain Theater, Clubbed Thumb, NEXT Theater and 16th Street Theater.
Performances will take place at the STC Cooper Center for Communication Arts Main Stage located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. General Admission is $10, & Students/Faculty/Senior/Military is $5. Due to adult situations and simulated violence, no children below the third grade will be admitted. Interns from the college’s Interpreting Training Program will interpret the Sunday, June 30 matinee production in American Sign Language.
Tickets can be purchased one hour before the performance at the box office or online at https://secure.touchnet.com/C20193_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=13.
Summer Program Schedule at Bentsen-RGV State Park
Life is better outside this summer when you are having fun at beautiful Bentsen–Rio Grande Valley State Park. The entire family is invited to participate in a variety of fun and informative nature based programs such as bird walks and nature tours or explore after dark to seek out Creatures of the Night!
You can also beat the afternoon heat this summer and cool off indoors! Join our Park Naturalists for fact-filled presentations followed by kid-friendly crafts that focus on different Birdy topics each month during our Beak the Heat programs.
Be sure to mark your calendars for our upcoming special family event – the 7th Annual Perseid Party! Saturday, August 10, 2013, 8:00 pm-12:00 midnight. This annual event features live animals, nature-themed family activities, stargazing, food vendors & live entertainment during the week of the Perseid Meteor Shower.
Binoculars and bicycles are available for rent at our Park Store or bring your own. Plus, you can enjoy Fishing at Bentsen State Park. Once you’ve paid the park entrance fees, no one needs a fishing license, as long as they are inside the state park. However, bag limits and other regulations will still apply, and be enforced.
Learn more about our native habitats and animals by joining our experienced roving Naturalists as they explore the park. All you need is your hat, drinking water, sunscreen, camera and a thirst for adventure. Check out why you can’t stay indoors this summer at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park!
Summer 2013 Interpretive Programs: June, July, August
Thursdays: Bentsen Experience Tour – 9:00–11:00a
Fridays: Fridays on Foot! – 6:30–8:00p
Saturdays: Creatures of the Night 8:00–10:00p
Sundays: Bird Walk 8:30-10:30a
NEW Special Programs! “Beak the Heat”
Bird Watching 101: Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 2-4 pm
Feathers & Flight – Form & Function: Saturday, July 20, 2013 from 2-4 pm
Wonders of Bird Migration: Saturday, August 24, 2013 from 2-4 pm
7th Annual Perseid Party: Saturday, August 10, 2013 from 8:00 pm-12:00 midnight
Doors open at 7:00 pm. Admission is only $5! FREE for children 12 and under!
Regularly scheduled programs are free with paid admission. Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park is located on 2800 South Bentsen Palm Drive in Mission, TX. For more information, please call (956) 584-9156. www.theworldbirdingcenter.com
Park Open 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. seven days a week
Park Store open 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday
Tram Service 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday
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:
www.ArtsRGV.com, a community calendar
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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International Museum of Art & Science
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