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Talent acts sought for Onion Fest

WELSACO — The Weslaco Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a talent showcase at this year’s Texas Onion Fest, to be held at the Weslaco City Park on March 24-25.

Valley musicians, singers, dancers, comedians, or any other family-friendly talent acts are in invited to participate. Preliminary performance time is limited to three minutes.

The talent showcase will begin with preliminary competition at the city’s downtown jazz and art event on Thursday, March 22, at 5 p.m. From there, finalists will be chosen to perform at Texas Onion Fest on Sunday, March 25, on the Magic Valley Electric Co-Op Main Stage.

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STC Tech Campus showcases exhibit of digital art

McALLEN — South Texas College’s Technology Campus Library presents “The Girl by the Sea: Enchanted Storytelling in the Digital Age,” an exhibit featuring the writing and digital illustrations of Robert Gilbert. The exhibit is on view now through Friday, May 11, at the college’s Technology Campus Library, 3700 W. Military Hwy. in McAllen. Admission is free and open to the public.

Gilbert embarked on creating a children’s book made solely with his mind and his computer entitled, “The Girl by the Sea.” The work reveals a playful, colorful world, with simple, yet bold imagery, where the main character lives with nature and enjoys a freedom that is untainted.

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Chris Young headlines for RGV Livestock Show and Rodeo

20120309_chris_young_2_smallMERCEDES — Award winning country music vocalist Chris Young headlines tonight, March 9, at the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show and Rodeo in Mercedes.  The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the rodeo arena with opening act Two Tons of Steel.

It’s all part of a line-up of quality entertainment, events and exhibits with that down home feel only the 73rd Annual RGV Livestock Show and Rodeo can give.  It’s a great way to spend Spring Break with the family and runs through March 19

Young is the 2012 ACM nominee for Male Vocalist of the Year and Single Record of the Year for “Tomorrow,” and is the current American Country Award winner for Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Single of the Year for “Voices.”

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Cirque du Soleil ‘Dralion’™

20120302_DRALIONCirque due Soleil makes another appearance at State Farm Arena on March 14 through 18.  This time they are bringing their signature production “Dralion”™ to the Valley.

The troupe’s dramatic aerial dances and floor work promise an evening of drama featuring 50 international acrobats, gymnasts, musicians and singers.  The name is derived from the dragon, symbolizing the East, and the lion, symbolizing the West.

The strength and agility of Cirque performers takes on the feel of a ballet with the aerial hoop and the Pas de Deux, an intertwined couple as they fly over the stage held aloft by a band of cloth.  The action never stops as the evening flows with the Bamboo Poles, Dralion dragon and lion dances, hand balancing, and hoop diving.

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The British are coming–to Borderfest

20120224_Estudiantina_Guadalupana022It’s a British invasion at this year’s BorderFest, Hidalgo’s international festival extravaganza, marking its 36th year of music, entertainment, food and fun. It’s all happening on the grounds of State Farm Arena in Hidalgo from Thursday, March 1, through Sunday, March 4, the regal history and heritage of England will be the colorful backdrop for this year’s celebration.

The invasion comes complete with a double decker bus, the clock towers and a castle in the England Square, complete with palace guards and a possible royal sighting.  Street entertainers, lighted night parades, nationally-known performers every night on the Arena stage will keep the show going. Over 100 groups to suit every taste will be performing on 20 stages and entertainment areas.

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