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BY CRYSTAL OLVERA There’s actually something for everyone this weekend at local movie theaters: “The Smurfs,” for the kids, the date movie “Crazy Stupid Love” and the sci-fi western “Cowboys & Aliens,” starring Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig. It’s been a while since we’ve seen Ford in an action-adventure movie and his presence is always welcome when it comes to battling bad guys. Sure, the man has range, but he’s always at his best playing an action hero. Seriously, think about it? His best movies are the ones where he’s angry, sweaty and on a mission.

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WHO: Han Solo MOVIE: “Star Wars” Trilogy WHY: Who else could really embody one of the most iconic figures in sci-fi movie history? He had the looks and the charm to get the girl and the Wookie co-pilot to kick major butt.

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WHO: Jack Ryan MOVIE: “Patriot Games,” “Clear and Present Danger” WHY: Ford was definitely the best “Jack Ryan” there ever was. Sure Alec Baldwin and Ben Affleck may have been able to pull of the character, but no one could play the CIA analyst with as much determination as Ford. The guy is intense.

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WHO: Indiana Jones MOVIE: “Indiana Jones” Trilogy WHY: I’ll forgive the disaster that was “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” because Ford still looked amazing for his age. But nothing compares to the Indy trilogy that started it all. Smart, wordly and rebellious, Jones was a force to be reckoned with.

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WHO: President James Marshall MOVIE: “Air Force One” WHY: A U.S. president who literally kicks major terrorist butt? What more could you ask for? Ford plays the president of the United States who fights off terrorists and (spoiler alert) ultimately saves the day. DOMINIC JULY 29

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WHO: Dr. Richard Kimble MOVIE: “The Fugitive” WHY: Wrongly accused and on the run, Ford’s portrayal of Dr. Richard Kimble got the movie a “Best Picture” nomination at the Oscars. Ford played an innocent man framed for his wife’s murder who fights off U.S. marshals.

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LONGTIME McALLEN ACTOR J.D. MATA LANDS ROLE OF LIFETIME ON ‘TRUE BLOOD’ BY CRYSTAL OLVERA

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hen J.D. Mata stepped into the audition room at HBO studios in Hollywood, the McAllen native was careful not to break character. The producers were in search of the perfect brujo – a medicine man who was solemn and mysterious, and Mata was determined to become him. “(My agent) said ‘Be the character, do not be J.D.,’” Mata said. The University of Texas-Pan American graduate followed his agent’s advice, and before he knew it, he was scheduled to star in one of the network’s highest-rated shows. This Sunday, July 31, at 9 p.m. Mata will appear as “Tio Luca” on the HBO drama “True Blood.” The series, which is set in Bon Temps, La., follows the lives of vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters and this season, witches. Now in its fourth season, the show has made stars out of Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgård, and has developed a huge cult following for vampire lovers and fantasy enthusiasts alike. Often considered “Twilight” for

adults, the show offers more blood, more nudity and more substance than its counterpart. In just a matter of days after his first audition, Mata was on set shooting scenes with Nelsan Ellis, who plays Lafayette Reynolds, and Kevin Alejandro who plays Jesus Velasquez, Reynolds’ boyfriend. Although he’ll be on primetime this week, Mata still recalls the days when he was a known as “The Mexican Wedding Singer” in the Valley. The McAllen High School graduate often performed at weddings throughout the area. He said he was involved with the Orion theater, a local theater organization located where Club Metropolis now resides. Bitten by the acting bug, Mata finished a degree in psychology at UTPA in 1988, packed his bags and relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. Mata began with a small role in the movie “Boys and Girls” with Freddie Prinze Jr. and Julia Stiles and moved on to write and direct a slew of independent films for his  CONTINUES

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J.D. MATA Scenes from the upcoming episode of ‘True Blood’ featuring McAllen’s J.d. Mata. WATCH IT 9 p.m. Sunday, July 31, on HBO, cable channel 14

HIGH SCHOOL McAllen High School Class of 1983 HOMETOWN: McAllen COLLEGE: UTPA Class of 1988 NOW LIVING: North Hollywood ONLINE: www.facebook.com/jdmata TWITTER: @jdmatafilms BLOG: http://jdmata.blogspot.com/


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or the third straight year, country singer Kevin Fowler will be headlining his namesake festival in the Rio Grande Valley. This year’s fest comes at an exciting time for Fowler fans, because the singer has a new record due out Aug. 9. The release marks Fowler’s sixth studio effort, and it features the lead single “Hell Yeah, I Like Beer.” For country-loving, beer-drinking Fowler fans, Fowler Fest III will be a great summer party. It’s also taking place in the newly remodeled Pharr Entertainment Center. [ZQ] WITH Jason Bowler and the Stragglers, Granger Smith, West 1017 WHEN 7 p.m. Friday, July 29 WHERE Pharr Entertainment Center, 3000 N. Cage Blvd., Pharr COST $25 to $45 BUY AT Pharr Entertainment Center box office or www.ticketmaster. com


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Houston rapper Chingo Bling, who raps about hustlin’ tamales, hoppin’ the border and livin’ life as a Mexican American, is bringing his music to South Texas. Chingo Bling, who has recently been featured in the New York Times for the unique content of his rhymes, will play a show Friday, July 29, at Rodz in Edinburg. Also performing will be ImFamous Empire, O2G and Flow Camp. Chingo Bling is also a source of controversy due to some of his tongue-in-cheek political lyrics. For example, in 2007 he released an album called “They Can’t Deport Us All,” which also depicted him jumping the border fence with a chicken in tow. Some of his other satirical album, song and mix tape titles include “The Tamale Kingpin” and “Duro en la Pintura,” which means go hard in the paint. He’s even written some music about the Valley, specifically the song “Rancho en McAllen,” which he also made a video for. Even if you’re not a rap fan, his satire and local flavor might be worth checking out. [ZQ]

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ImFamous Empire, O2G and Flow Camp 8 p.m. Friday, July 29 Rodz, 1204 E. Canton Road, Edinburg $15 or $20 for minors (956) 720-4700

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Cristian Castro

Mexican pop singer Cristian Castro will come to the Pharr Entertainment Center to perform Saturday, July 30. Castro, who is occasionally known by the nickname El Gallito Feliz, which means the happy little rooster, is a Grammy Award-nominated musician. Tickets for his show range from $42.50 to $87.50, and they are available at www.ticketmaster.com. WHEN 8 p.m. Saturday, July 30 WHERE: Pharr Entertainment Center, 3000 N. Cage Blvd., Pharr COST: Tickets range from $42.50 to $87.50 BUY TICKETS: www.ticketmaster.com

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Rock Out Diabetes Concert For the second straight year, this concert will seek to raise money and awareness for fighting diabetes in the Rio Grande Valley. There will be live music by The Renaissance Rockers, a silent auction, a live auction and, of course, food. Tickets cost $20 or $250 for a VIP table that admits 10. All proceeds go to benefit the Rio Grande Valley Diabetes Association.” WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday, July 29 WHERE: Alyssa’s Acres, 2 Mile Line and Glasscock Road, Mission COST: $20 for a ticket or $250 for a VIP table that seats 10

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Cantinflas Tribute Seven comedians, led by Marcos Valdes, will be paying tribute to Mexico’s legendary funnyman Mario Moreno “Cantinflas.” The event, which is happening in both Brownsville and McAllen, will also feature live mariachi music. All proceeds from the show will go to benefit the non-profit organization For a Better World, which helps the needy. WHEN: Friday, July 29, in Brownsville, and Saturday, July 30, in McAllen WHERE: Jacob Brown Auditorium, 600 International Blvd., Brownsville, and the McAllen Civic Center, 1300 S. 10th St., McAllen COST: Tickets range from $15 to $35 BUY TICKETS: www.ticketmaster.com  CHARITY

Mustang 5K Run/Walk The Parent, Teacher, Student Organization at McAllen Memorial High School have organized this 5K Run/Walk to raise money for the upcoming school year, aiming to ease some of the financial hardships facing school districts across Texas. It costs $10 for adults and $5 for students. The first 100 participants get a free T-shirt. The money will go toward freshmen orientation in August, registration needs and the new freshmen academy. WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday, July 30 WHERE: McAllen Memorial High School, 101 E. Hackberry Ave., McAllen COST: $10 for adults and $5 for students

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own production company Fugue Films including “Pan Dulce” with Jeff Conway (“Grease”) and “The Divorce Ceremony” with Apollonia Kotero (“Purple Rain”). He worked with Sigourney Weaver in a commercial for Orange, a telecommunications company in Europe, and directed several music videos for his self-titled solo project. By day, he works as a choir director. Festiva got a chance to chat with Mata about his experience on the set. Even though he’s been sworn to secrecy, he dished about “Tio Luca,” the casting process and whose side he’s on: Team Eric or Team Bill.

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Movies In The Park Each Saturday, there will be a free movie in McAllen’s Archer Park show on a giant inflatable movie screen, which is pretty fun even without the film playing on it. The show is free, and attendees are encouraged to bring food, blankets and chairs for these family films, which start at 8:30 p.m. This week’s movie is “Furry Vengeance.”

WHAT WAS IT LIKE BEING ON THE SET OF “TRUE BLOOD”?

“This production is unbelievable, it’s extremely professional. The writers are brilliant. My jaw dropped. It was intense.”

WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30 WHERE: Archer Park, 100 N. Main St., McAllen COST: Free

DID YOU WATCH ‘TRUE BLOOD’ BEFORE YOU GOT THE ROLE?

“I would watch it online periodically. I was a fan, sure. I don’t have a television but I’d watch it online.” WAS IT DIFFICULT TO GET INTO THE ROLE OF A SHAMAN?

“Let’s just say for a couple of hours, we were out in the desert shooting. It was really, really cold. I had to go to the bathroom. But to be in character, I got lost. I lost myself in that character. I wasn’t cold, I forgot about going to the bathroom — I knew that this was a break for me and I didn’t want to blow it, but more than anything else, I just wanted to be the character. And that’s what you do as a character.  EVENTS

John Milton

Try not to get sleepy, very sleepy, when hypnotist John Milton comes to the McAllen Civic Center for a series of shows. Milton will be performing his hypnotism Wednesday, Aug. 3, through Sunday, Aug. 7. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster. com starting at $20. BERT OGDEN

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You don’t act the role, you become the role. They actually put a prosthetic on the side of my face. It’s really trippy; it’s unbelievable.” WHAT WAS IT LIKE WORKING WITH NELSAN ELLIS (LAFAYETTE) AND KEVIN ALEJANDRO (JESUS)?

”Right away, Jesus and I clicked and you’ll understand when you see the scene. When he saw I was going to play ‘Tio Luca,’ he looked at me and I looked at him and there was an immediate connection. We started talking about the roles and our characters. Jesus has family in Harlingen actually. We talked a little bit about the Valley. But both of them were very pleasant, very professional, very down to earth, very humble and very smart. Both of those guys were so intelligent, very friendly and great at their craft.” WHAT WAS IT LIKE WORKING WITH SIGOURNEY WEAVER?

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Improv Battle Two improv teams will do battle Saturday, July 30, at Braught Memorial Theater in Weslaco. Improv is unscripted comedy that often involves the audience. For example, the crowd will be asked to yell out different phrases or situations, and the performers will use the suggestions to create comedy. WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday, July 30 WHERE: Braught Memorial Theater, 525 S. Kansas Ave., Weslaco COST: $5

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South Texas Bartender Showdown Local bartenders will compete to be recognized as the Valley’s best bartender. A panel of four judges will evaluate competitors on general bar knowledge, speed and best signature drink. Attendees will also have a chance to vote for a People’s Choice winner. Proceeds will go to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. WHEN: 4 p.m. Sunday, July 31 WHERE: Alhambra, 519 S. 17th St., McAllen COST: $25 donation

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“There are some actors who won’t even talk to you but working with Sigourney Weaver was great. She invited me to lunch to sit with her and stuff and that was really nice, so I’ve had really good experiences.” WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO GO WHEN VISITING THE VALLEY?

“Luby’s! Oh geez, Luby’s Cafeteria. Anybody who lived there could tell you they could find me at Luby’s or Country Omelette. Those two places were my home away from home. I’m also a musician so the last time I was there, I played at the Jaber At The Art Village, and Moonbeans lets me play at their coffeehouse.” TEAM BILL OR TEAM ERIC?

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INTERNET FILM SERIES FEATURING VALLEY ACTORS TO DEBUT AT CINESOL The long-awaited web series “The Trainee” will make its debut at the CineSol Film Festival on Saturday, Sept. 10, at Texas State Technical College in Harlingen. Edinburg native Mauro Flores, Jr. penned the screenplay, and the comedic series stars Valley natives David Barrera, Michael Ray Escamilla, Raúl Castillo and

Letty Valladares. Valente Rodriguez, of “The George Lopez Show,” is an executive producer of the series. Henry Howell (Castillo) works as a cashier at a comic book store but when he gets the opportunity to train to become Shadow Knight’s (Barrera) sidekick, he jumps at the chance.

ABOVE ‘The Trainee’ stars Valley actor Raul Castillo.

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or a Christian band, Abandon is gaining fans in some unorthodox ways. Last week, the band flew out to Los Angeles to film a promotional music video for FOX Sports. The video will be used for network promotional commercials during the next two months for the upcoming college football season. And fans of The Food Network and ESPN may have

heard the uplifting and motivating “Live It Out,” a track off of Abandon’s latest album, in the past two months. The exposure is helping bring secular fans to the San Antonio-based spiritual group. In 2008, Abandon broke onto the Christian rock scene with its indie alternative rock sound but the band’s second studio album “Control,” released earlier this year, takes a decidedly more upbeat turn. The album is packed with life-affirming an-

thems full of joy and modern synth-tinged upbeat tunes. Fun and danceable, sure, but “Control” is also a Christian album, though the message isn’t smack-you-in-the-face-with-a-Bible overt. Ahead of the band’s concert this weekend in Harlingen, front man Josh Engler spoke with Festiva about trying to live a Christian life as the lead singer of a band, God on Facebook and where he was on the failed “Day of Rapture” (May 21).


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AS A CHRISTIAN YOU’RE TRYING TO LIVE LIFE A CERTAIN WAY, WALK A CERTAIN PATH; WHAT ARE SOME OF THE STRUGGLES YOU DEAL WITH DAILY?

“Trust, I guess. And timing, and trusting in God’s timing. Those are some of the things that I regularly deal with. It’s weird being in a band and this journey of balancing; trying to become successful and have a sustainable career and time with family and ministry.” HOW WOULD YOU FEEL ABOUT ACHIEVING MAJOR MAINSTREAM SUCCESS BUT POSSIBLY HAVING YOUR MESSAGE FALL ON DEAF EARS?

“At the core, we’re definitely artists, and our faith inspires us to create music, so ultimately, when we’re asked about our faith, we’ll talk about it. We’re definitely not trying to convert everyone because we don’t really think that everyone will be converted anyway. … More than even talking, we believe that our faith’s better walked out, rather than talked out. We’d rather show love … there’s too much judgment in the world.” THERE’S NO DENYING THE FIVE OF YOU ARE VERY ATTRACTIVE. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT SOME PEOPLE TAKING INTEREST IN ABANDON BECAUSE OF THE

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“Thank you. You know, God gives some people certain gifts and we’re thankful for the ones he’s given us. (laughs)” IF JESUS HAD ACCESS TO THE INTERNET, WOULD HE USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO BRING PEOPLE TO HIM?

“Absolutely. You know, (the Bible) talks about when Christ returns that every eye will see and every ear will hear. … I think it may happen through technology. I definitely don’t view technology as a bad thing or the Antichrist or whatever some people might claim it to be. … (God) is my friend on Facebook.” WHERE WERE YOU GUYS ON MAY 21, THE SUPPOSED DAY OF RAPTURE?

“We were actually playing a concert, and we stopped the show at the time it was supposed to happen and just had a pause, you know, and then resumed. Yeah, it was funny. Everybody accused that guy (Harold Camping) of being a wacko, a kook, and he just needs to read his Bible a little bit more. We didn’t stress. …When it happens, it’ll happen.”

WITH The Clay Refinery, Heart of Worship WHEN (Doors open at 5 p.m.) 7 p.m. Sunday, July 31 WHERE Harlingen Municipal Auditorium, 1204 Fair Park Blvd. COST $8, general admission BUY TICKETS Viva Life Christian Bookshop, 6601 N. 10th St., McAllen; Molly’s Gifts and Bibles, 1710 Morgan Blvd., Harlingen; Faith Bookstore, 421 Paredes Line Road, Brownsville or online at ONLINE www.myharlingenarts.com myharlingenarts.com


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Alt-rock band Cold will be on the road to support its latest album “Superfiction” and makes a stop Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the Pharr Entertainment Center. After six long years, Cold finally released a new studio album this month — a conceptual album. Tickets, which cost $18, go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 10, and can be purchased at the Pharr Events Center box office, located at 3000 N. Cage Blvd. [ANS]


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Funny man Ralphie May will perform a show Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the McAllen Civic Center. The first-season contestant of “Last Comic Standing” has appeared on the “The Wayne Brady Show,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Celebrity Fit Club.” He has also filmed standup specials “Girth of a Nation” and “Prime Cut.” Tickets for the show begin at $25 and are on sale as of today. For more information, call (956) 631-1411. [CO]

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Rio Grande City bandmaster wins prestigious award

Alfredo Cortinas of Rio Grande City has won the 2011 Meritorious Achievement Award from The Texas Bandmasters Association. Cortinas is the head band director at Rio Grande City High School, and he will receive his award during the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention/Clinic which takes place July 24 through 27 in San Antonio. The award seeks to highlight individuals who exemplify all the qualities of a good band director. More than 6,000 band directors, music teachers and students are expected to attend the convention.[ZQ]

Open call for musicians and artists

McAllen native Roy-Mitchell Cardenas’ Grammy-nominated band Mutemath released the album cover for their upcoming album ‘Odd Soul,’ set to be released this fall. ‘Odd Soul’ is the first album for the band since 2009’s ‘Armistice,’ and the first without guitarist Greg Hill, who left the band last year.

The South Texas Alternative Rock School for Entertainment, Education and Development, or S.T.A.R.S.E.E.D., is searching for bands and musicians to perform at its Talent Expo at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, at a location yet to be determined. The concert will serve as a fundraiser for the soon-to-be music school in Mission. The school will serve the community like the Boys and Girls Club, but its focus will be music. Artists are also needed for a logo contest for the school. The chosen logo will be used on T-shirts, fliers and painted on the school’s walls. Donations of instruments and sound equipment for the school are appreciated. Anyone who is interested in participating in the Talent Expo or the logo contest should contact starseedmusicschool@ gmail.com.. [ANS]

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at Rancho El Charco in La Joya, Tx Imagine yourself in a cool, sub-tropical, spring-water swimming hole...relaxing...enveloped by towering palm trees, watching your children have the time of thier FISHING lives fishing in the Amigo Hut while red bellied whistling ducks and soft shell turtles glide around the lake Last wagon ride beneath the waterfalls. departs at 6:30pm Rancho El Charco is now open to the public every SUNDAY for families COVERED WAGON to enjoy a day of outdoor adventure in one of the most beautiful wildlife RIDES and nature parks in South Texas. Bring your fishing gear or rent a pole with bait for only $2. BBQ Chicken or Rib Plates $6.50 or $2.00 hot dogs. (Alcohol must be purchased on premises.) And GAME ZONE don’t forget the swimsuit--there’s no “cooler” place to be on a Sunday.... than El Charco!”

TRAILS

PETTING ZOO, BUFFALO, & MANY MORE ANIMALS

SWIMMING HOLE

WATERFALLS

ARCHAEOLOGY DIG

ARCHERY

MUSIC AT THE RESTAURANT 4-8PM $3 COVER (INCLUDED WITH FAMILY DAY ADMISSION)

A farewell to Amy Winehouse BY CRYSTAL OLVERA Even though she had problems back in 2007. Songs like “Love Is a with addiction and she was vis- Losing Game” and “Back to Black” ibly a mess most of the time, Amy were heart-wrenching confessions Winehouse’s talent was undeniable. of a broken heart in a style that apLet’s face it, the girl had the pipes pealed to music lovers of all ages. While we all may have seen her and songwriting savvy that made her one of the most talented art- demise coming through her very ists of the last decade (at least in public battle with addiction, it’s still my book). Her contralto voice was a shocking to hear that her addiction force of nature and “Back to Black” ultimately won. And it’s unfortunate had the kind of soul that was miss- we’ll never get to hear her sing aning from pop’s musical landscape other song again.

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Directions: Go Expressway 83 to La Joya; turn south on Palm Shores Dr. (at Whataburger). Take a left at 5th St., then an immediate left again (where 5th ends) Follow Kika De La Garza Dr 1/2 mile to Ranch


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Festiva (July 29, 2011)