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Tupelo Kenyon Remembered

20181017 Tupelo and Janey Last Good PhotoTupelo (Stephen) Kenyon, who formed the musical duo Laughing Bird in the late 70’s with his wife Janey Wing Kenyon, died June 22 after a bout with cancer. He died in his home in Story, Wyoming.

Laughing Bird performed concerts from California to Florida annually, making stops in South Texas for Winter Texans here.

Kenyon produced and recorded countless local musicians in his music studio, Riversong. He would say he loved those sessions because of the musical camaraderie and shared creativity. He and Janey also loved to travel each winter, distancing themselves from the Wyoming snow to the palm trees all across the south.

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‘Live in McAllen’ brings Broadway and more

Season tickets are now on sale for “Live in McAllen.”

The McAllen Society for the Performing Arts (MSPA) is proud to announce the return of Live in McAllen, which consists of two series of top flight, live stage entertainment based at the McAllen Performing Arts Center.

The first series, Broadway in McAllen will bring the Best of Touring Broadway direct from New York, including Tony Award Winning musicals “The Sound of Music,” “Kinky Boots,” Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” and “Chicago: The Musical.”

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RGV Vipers see big changes this season

20181017 RGV Vipers Action 6968Many Winter Texans come from Big 10 country where they love their sports, especially football and basketball.

It’s not unusual to see clusters of Winter visitors scattered throughout the arena to watch the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the single affiliation G-League team for the Houston Rockets. Recently, some big changes have heightened the interest of local basketball fans – and the public in general, as if the traditionally high-scoring, playoff contending squad that has called the Valley home for the past 12 years wasn’t enough.

Not only do the Vipers have a new coach, but they have a beautiful new arena. Joseph Blair and this year’s team will christen the new Bert Ogden Arena as home of the Vipers, who moved from their only other home they've known, State Farm Arena in Hidalgo. The Vipers home opener is Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, versus the Memphis Hustle, the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies affiliate.

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Valley Symphony performs Harry Potter Halloween Concert

20181017 VSO Peter Dabrowski conducting2It's not unusual to get dressed up for the symphony, but the Valley Symphony Orchestra is taking it to a different level as it presents its second concert of the season: “A Harry Potter Halloween” at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 at the McAllen Performing Arts Center, located at 799 Convention Center Blvd.

The second of five shows for the season, the orchestra is encouraging those who attend to dress up in their favorite Halloween for the “spooktacular” event.

Maestro Peter Dabrowski is celebrating his 15th season as music director and conductor. He is a Warsaw, Poland native and has found his calling with exhilarating musical performances and as an educator in the Rio Grande Valley. He also serves as Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts, Professor of Music and Conductor of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Symphony Orchestra in Edinburg. Dabrowski is also a renowned guest conductor with critical acclaim and in high demand throughout Europe and the United States.

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Encore brings tribute concerts to RGV resorts

20180329 Encore Abba Fab 2676The 2017-18 Winter Texan season is fast coming to a close – and Encore is quickly giving Winter Texans some great reasons to look forward to next year.

The management group that oversees more than 200 RV resorts in 21 states has announced five tribute bands coming to four of their South Texas Resorts – Fun N Sun RV Resort in San Benito, Sunshine RV Resort in Harlingen, Country

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Winter Texan wins onion-eating contest at Onion Fest

20180329 Onion Fest MILLER IMG 6291Dennis Purcell immediately recognized he had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in front of him.

His response? He danced as if nobody was watching.

Purcell was one of just a handful of audience volunteers who were given the chance to dance along with the dancing horses at the 29th annual Onion Fest in at City Park in Weslaco.

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Juarez-Lincoln HS to present Folklórico, Mariachi concert

20180329 Juarez Lincoln Folklorico MagallonPhotography 1155La Joya Juarez-Lincoln High School’s Mariachi Sol de Oro and Grupo Folklórico Sol Azteca will present their Spring 2018 concert at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 7, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 8. Performances will be held at the Alejandro “Alex” H. Saenz Performing Arts Center in La Joya.

Grupo Folklórico Sol Azteca is an award-winning folklórico and contemporary dance company from Juarez-Lincoln High School. The company is under the artistic direction of Jose Zamora MFA, an alumnus of La Joya independent School District.

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