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October 17

The Geometry of Light exhibit has now opened at the International Museum of Art & Science and will run through Feb. 8, 2015. General admission rates apply: $7 for adults; $5 for seniors or students with ID; and $4 for ages 4 to 12. IMAS members get in free. IMAS is located at 1900 Nolana in McAllen. For more information, call 682-0123 or visit

October 19

Q94.5 presents “Rocktoberfest” with 10 bands rocking the house: The Toadies, Buckcherry, Saliva, P.O.D., Drowning Pool, Devil You Know, Otherwise, Crobot, Eyes Set to Kill and Scare Don’t Fear. Show starts at 2:30 p.m. at the Pharr Events Center, 3000 N. Cage. All tickets are general admission seating for $35. Purchase online at or call 800-745-3000. (Band line-up subject to change.)

October 23

The Valley Symphony Orchestra presents the second installment of the major work series at 8 p.m. at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance, 118 Paseo del Prado. “The Russians Are Coming,” will feature the talents of internationally renowned pianist Christopher Guzman who will interpret Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, B-flat minor, Op. 23. Music conductor and director Dr. Peter Dabrowski will conduct the orchestra in a performance of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” Tickets range from $25 to $45. Senior, student and group discounts are available. Call the VSO Box Office at 661-1615 or online at for tickets. It is located in the Chase Tower at 200 South 10th St., Ste. 104, in McAllen.

October 23

Ana Gabriel headlines at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo. Doors open at 7 p.m.; show starts at 8 p.m. Ticket prices range from $45 to $295 and are available at or by calling 800-745-3000.

October 24-26

The three-day Conjunto Music Festival sponsored by the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center in San Benito features accordion-driven sounds featuring 17 of the top bands in the area and beyond. Events on Oct. 24 will run from 6 to 11 p.m. and will feature Conjunto Delta Boys, Los D Boyz, Los Morales Boyz, Los Badd Boyz and Tejano Boys. Music begins at 4 p.m. on Oct. 25 and features San Benito High School Conjunto Estrella, Conjunto Fuego, La Clica, Johnny Degollado y Su Conjunto, Los Monarcas de Pete y Mario Diaz and Mingo Saldivar y Sus 4 Espades. On Oct. 26, music again begins at 4 p.m. and will highlight Crystal N Crew, Chano Cadena y Su Conjunto, Los Layton, Los Fantasmas del Valle and Los Dos Gilbertos. For vendor/booth information, contact Yolanda Lopez at 571-3325, or for other information, Rogelio T. Nunez at 367-0335. No outside beverages or food allowed. Admission is $5 per day. The public should bring their own chairs for seating.

October 31

It’s time for “Freaks, Best & Treats” with DJ BL3ND for an outdoor concert at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo. The party starts at 7 p.m. and runs until 2 a.m. General admission tickets are $33 or $48 for VIP. Tickets on sale at or by calling 800-745-3000.

October 31-November 2

It’s time to “Make A New Friend” in the new Sesame Street Live production coming to State Farm Arena in Hidalgo. Performances are held at different times each date.

Tickets range from $15 to $28 for ages 1 year and up, with packages offering pre-show meet-and-greets and premium seating. Go to or call 800-745-3000 for more details and to purchase tickets.

November 1

Tunes by the Trail returns with a night of music and fun from 7 to 9 p.m. at the WH Heavin Amphitheater, 705 N. Bowie, San Benito, offering Oldies, country and other arieties of music. Admission is free.

November 7

Doors open at 7 p.m. for the John Anderson and Mark Chestnutt anniversary concert at the Pharr Events Center, 3000 N. Cage. Tickets are $20 general admission and $37 for reserved seating. Call 800-745-3000 or go to to purchase.

November 13-23

The Pharr Community Theater presents their production of “Pat & Lyndon” based on a script by Archer Crosley and directed by Luis Moreno. The two-act play will be staged at the Carnahan Elementary auditorium, 317 W. Gore St. in Pharr. It’s the story of two men who went to Vietnam and died. Pat in body and Lyndon in spirit. Pat was a soldier, Lyndon was the 36th President of the United States. Showtimes are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $7 general admission and $5 for anyone under 18. For more information, call 648-2488 or 655-9308.

November 14-16

The Upper Valley Art League (UVAL) second Mission Celebration of Fine Art show will be held at the Mission Community Center at 1420 E. Kika de la Garza Loop.

Artists will be exhibiting original works of fine art in oil, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, drawing, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, fiber art, encaustic and photography. Participating artists will demonstrate their various mediums on site all three days of the event and will also have works available for sale.

Show hours are Friday from 1 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The show is free and open to the public. Vendors will have food to sell.

November 25

The re-scheduled Willie Nelson & Family concert takes place at 6 p.m. at the Pharr Events Center, 3000 N. Cage. Tickets range from $35 standing room only to $78 reserved seating. Go to or call 800-745-3000 to purchase.

December 13

This year’s theme for the Longest Lighted Christmas Parade in South Texas is “A Christmas of Sharing.” Marching bands, strutting groups, novelty and religious themed floats will parade through downtown San Benito from 6 to 10:30 p.m. The event includes a food drive campaign to benefit the San Benito Food Pantry. Items can be brought to drop-off points at the parade.


Catholic War Veterans Post #1065 in Mission invites the public to their “Get Away Thursday Dance” held every Thursday evening, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. It is located at 500 W. Business 83. Music by the Electro Band provides country western, Tejano, the Oldies, cumbias and more. No cover charge. Call 583-5961 or email for more information.

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