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‘Barefoot in the Park’ rescheduled at Harlingen Community Theatre

Harlingen Community Theatre has rescheduled performances of Neil Simon's “Barefoot in the Park.” Due to lighting problems, last week’s shows have been rescheduled for Dec, 14-17 at the theatre, located at 1209 Fair Park Blvd. in Harlingen.

The theatre's stage lighting system suffered major electrical problems and had stopped working. Repairs were being made earlier in the week and the show had been rescheduled for this weekend, Thursday through Sunday.

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Wind Ensemble sharing Christmas spirit with music

20171214 McAllen Wind Ensemble 8089The McAllen Wind Ensemble has a goal – to put you in the jovial, joy-filled Christmas spirit. And their plan is to do it with Christmas Carol sing-a-longs.

Not a bad plan, is it.

The Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Mcallen Performing Arts Center, celebrating the magic and wonder of the holiday season with “Let Christmas Ring.”

Tickets are $8, $10, $15 and $25 and are available at the McAllen Convention Center Box Office,, and at the door the night of the concert.

For more information call (956) 681-3800 or email

The Wind Ensemble is part of the McAllen Town Band, which has been chartered since 1974 by the City of McAllen.

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Brett Marshall & Friends Benefit Christmas Concert moves to Port Isabel with retro theme

20171207 Laurin two photosPopular Valley musician Brett Marshall will head up a fun, retro-themed Christmas concert on Dec. 17 at 4 p.m. followed by a second performance of the same concert at 7:30 p.m. This year, the event will be held at Fishers of Men Lutheran Church, located at 603 S. Tarnava Street in Port Isabel. 

With a $10 minimum contribution per ticket, the concert proceeds will benefit the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust, which assists disabled McAllen dancer Laurin Huber with her ongoing medical care expenses. Two years ago, the concert raised around $8000 for Miss Huber.

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Pianist Dzmitry Ulasiuk featured at VSO Chamber Concert

20171130 VSO Pianist Dzmitry UliasiukThe Valley Symphony Orchestra begins their Chamber Concert Series with A Chopin Affair, featuring pianist, Dzmitry Ulasiuk on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at the Sky Tower Club located inside the 17th floor of the Chase Neuhaus Tower in McAllen. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a wine and heavy hor d’oeuvres reception followed by the evening’s performance starting promptly at 7:30 p.m.

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‘A Tejano Christmas Carol’ returns to Pharr Community Theater

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Danika Leal returns this year as Tiny Tina in “A Tejano Christmas Carol” playing Dec. 6-10 at the Pharr Community Theater.

The Pharr Community Theater will present the play “A Tejano Christmas Carol” for a second year. 

Pedro Garcia, CEO and artistic director has been directing the theater company for the past 10 years and also plays the role of Mr. Codos, the equivalent to Charles Dickens' “Scrooge.”  Many of last year’s cast are returning, including Danika Leal as Tiny Tina,  Adan Rodriguez as Beto Gonzalez, Joel Gutierrez as Martinez, doubling as the Ghost of Christmas Future, and Armandina Sesin as Adelita, the Ghost of Christmas Present.

“Our Christmas play has a modern day Rio Grande twist and, of course, all the intrigue of Dickens' original Christmas story, including the three ghosts, the children and their families and the battle between good and bad and an outcome that surprises everyone,” Garcia said.

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Residents enjoy Country Jam at El Valle de la Luna/Del Sol

20171123 COUNTRY JAM ElValleDelLuna Miller IMG 4232Jim Brommel took a step back from the mic during a musical interlude and cleared his voice. “That's really high,” he said before stepping back up and finishing the song “Old Rugged Cross” to the applause of those in attendance.

Brommel, who went on to sing a few more times during El Valle de la Luna/El Valle del Sol's weekly Thursday Country Jam, has been singing for more than 35 years, at least in front of crowds. When he began singing, there was nobody to hear him while riding his tractor on his Iowa farm – well maybe the livestock heard him. “When they ask me what key, I tell them I sing in the key of John Deere.”

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Swing Street Big Band set for 18th season

20171122 Swing Street 4514Band leader Bob Comeau plays the alto sax during practice for the Swing Street Big Band. The band performs it's first show of the season from 3 to 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 3 at the Texas Theater Ballroom, located at 115 E Newcombe Ave. in Pharr.

Some people enjoy listening to the music performed by the Swing Street Big Band.

Others just can't sit still. They want to hit the dance floor when the 18-piece dance/show band kicks off its 18th season from 3 to 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 3 at the Texas Theater Ballroom, located at 115 E Newcombe Ave. in Pharr.

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