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ABOVE & BEYOND TIX ON SALE TOMORROW A group of top 10 DJs (they were ranked at No. 5 in the world) Above & Beyond will be performing at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Pharr Events Center. The trance music group from England is known for its remixing and DJing talents. Some of the artists Above & Beyond has remixed songs for include Madonna, Britney Spears, Dido, Three Drives and Delerium. Tickets for the event go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Discounted tickets will be sold on this day only – general admission for $20, and VIP for $35. Purchase tickets at the Pharr Events Center box office.

WESLACO HOTTIE IN THE RUNNING TO BE FASHION’S NEXT TOP LATINA BY AMY NICHOL SMITH

Erika Cavazos used to call Weslaco home. Right now though, the Mexican beauty is keeping things interesting in a mansion in Las Vegas on the cable channel Nuvo TV’s series “Model Latina.” Cavazos grew up in South Texas, but she flew the coop for New York several years ago and recently

moved to Los Angeles where she works as a model and actress. The fourth season of “Model Latina” is a lot like “America’s Next Top Model,” but it features strictly Latina women. There are 30 cameras set up in all corners of the house, capturing everything the girls say or do. Only those with Dish Network

will be able to watch the show at 9 p.m. Mondays on channel 159, however the first six episodes of the current season can be seen on Hulu. com. Watch it to see the first photo shoot and to see which two (no, wait, three!) girls go home. Keep an eye on Festiva for a feature with Cavazos soon.


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Belanova Synthpop fans have something to get excited about: Belanova is set to perform at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Amigoland in Brownsville. The Mexican electronic band has been around for more than a decade and has released five studio albums. Blending electronic, pop and effervescent vocals, the three-piece Belanova keep their fans dancing. WHEN: 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25 WHERE: Amigoland Events Center, 1010 Mexico Blvd., Brownsville COST: $40, presale BUY TICKETS: (956) 243-2510 or (956) 598-0047

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Women’s Toiletries Drive The folks at Namaste Valley have organized a drive to collect toiletries and other daily necessities for homeless women and their children The actual event takes place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Namaste Valley. But if you can’t make it or would like to help ahead of time you can send an email to namastevalley@gmail.com. WITH 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight WHERE: Namaste Valley, 1604 8th St., McAllen TO PARTICIPATE: E-mail namastevalley@gmail.com  CHARITY

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Pink and Purple Master Class

Country singer-songwriter E.J. Colbath will mark the release of his second album “Give Me Another One” with a party 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Yoko’s Sushi Bar in McAllen. You can purchase the CD at the release party, or you can call Colbath to order one. His number is (512) 796-1072. The guitarist and crooner put out his first album two years ago, titled “All the Days of My Life.”.

This event seeks to increase awareness for two of the greatest problems facing women – domestic violence and breast cancer. Organizers are asking for small donations such as shampoo, toothpaste or slightly used bras. And while the purpose is raising donations and awareness for these causes, the main event is a Zumbathon with Walter Diaz, a Zumba expert. So come help out and burn some calories.

CD Release Party WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 WHERE: Yoko’s Sushi Bar, 7001 N. 10th St., McAllen CALL: (512) 796-1072

WHEN 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 24 WHERE: The Old Ice House, 1100 Austin Ave., McAllen

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It’s time for some good old fashioned roller derby. The South Texas Rolleristas have scheduled a bout for 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Rink-n-Roll Roller Rink in Weslaco. Girls from three teams will be randomly selected to compete, so there’s an element of surprise here, too.

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WHEN: 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25 WHERE: Rink-n-Roll Roller Rink, 701 S. International Blvd., Weslaco COST: $6, presale; $5, 12 years old and younger; $10, at the door BUY TICKETS: Local roller girl

WHEN 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24

A fun afternoon for the whole family. Don’t forget your hoolah hoop. WHERE: McAllen Creative Incubator, 1001 S. 16th Street, McAllen CONTACT: aranda.mari@gmail.com COST: Bring your own hoop or rent one for $2

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Bullet Ride Local rock band Bullet Ride will play a concert at 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Treviño’s Lounge in San Juan. Bullet Ride is a hard rock group that covers a lot of ’80s classics, including Metallica, Iron Maiden and more.

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Chip ‘n’ Clip For $10, you can get your beloved pet chipped and clipped. The Palm Valley Animal Center will be holding two sessions Saturday, Sept. 24, at the shelter in Edinburg. Animal lovers can get their pets microchipped so you won’t lose track of your furry friend. But what’s the point in knowing where your animals are if they have unruly nails? So the shelter is also offering nail clippings. It costs $10 for both services. WHEN 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 WHERE: Palm Valley Animal Center, 2501 W. Trenton Road, Edinburg

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Children’s Art & Literacy Festival

Organizers will give away 2,500 books and open up the International Museum of Art and Science to children for free. This annual event, which is sponsored by the Junior League of McAllen, will also include activities ranging from arts and crafts to music and magic shows. Last year, the fest welcomed a record number of attendees with 2,978 children and 2,365 adults attending. And it’s all free. WHEN 12 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 WHERE: International Museum of Art & Science, 1900 Nolana, McAllen COST: Free CALL: (956) 682-0071 ONLINE: http://www.juniorleaguemcallen.org/festival.htm

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This year’s show will have Texas Johnny Brown, Lz Love (left) and John Cortez. In addition to the music, this fundraiser also features authentic Cajun cuisine, a silent auction and a live auction. All of the proceeds will go to benefit Comfort House, a nonprofit that serves the terminally ill.

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oenia was doing electronic, synth-driven music in Mexico before it was cool to do electronic, synth-driven music in Mexico. Moenia burst onto the Mexican music scene in the early ‘90s, at a time when most of the country was into ballad crooners, teen vocal groups and ranchero music. Wait, isn’t it still like that?

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The point is, Moenia broke some serious ground in experimental Mexican music. And now they’re coming to McAllen for a show Thursday, Sept, 29, at The Old Ice House in Downtown McAllen. Tickets cost $35. Over the years, Moenia has released more than 10 albums of electronic synthpop. Here’s a brief rundown of some of the Mexico City band’s biggest hits. “ESTABAS AHÍ” This Erasure-esque track has an awesome driving synth beat.

“NO DICES MAS” Like any worthwhile band that’s heavily influenced by ‘80s new wave, Moenia has some pretty sensitive songs. This is a good one.

“MANTO ESTELAR” Not to take anything away from this song, but this is a pretty great music video. But then again, anything looks infinitely more dramatic when shot in the pouring rain.

WHEN 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 WHERE: The Old Ice House, 1100 Austin Ave., McAllen COST: $35 BUY TICKETS: Ticket Zone, 2000 S. 10th St., McAllen, or 3403. W. Alberta Road, Edinburg CALL: (956) 661-9663


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alphie May is the biggest comedian to emerge from the first season of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” And that’s not just a pun about the comedian’s size. May, who finished second behind Dat Phan, has easily gone on to see the most success as well. He has appeared on “The Tonight Show,” and he has also filmed three stand-up comedy specials for Comedy Central, with the most recent one airing in 2008. You can catch him Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the McAllen Civic Center Auditorium. He said he’s particularly excited about the show, because he has decided to become the first white comedian to do an entire comedy special in Spanish. “It’s just something that hasn’t been done,” May said during a recent phone interview. “Living in Texas and Los Angeles, you interact with Mexicans all the time. I think it would be a tip of the hat to Mexicans and Latinos if a white comedian learned their language instead of them having to learn my language, and then wrote his best material in Spanish and performed it for them.” May even bought the Rosetta Stone, and he’s working with it. “That Rosetta Stone isn’t as easy as they say on TV,” he said. WHO WAS YOUR FAVORITE COMEDIAN GROWING UP? Sam Kinison, Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy. Those were the ones I gravitated towards, I don’t know, I loved them. WHAT IS THE WRITING PROCESS LIKE FOR YOUR JOKES? I get angry at stuff, and it just comes out funny. It’s strange. I’ve been doing stand-up for 22  CONTINUES

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WHEN 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28 WHERE: McAllen Civic Center Auditorium, 1300 S. 10th St., McAllen COST: $28 to $48 BUY TICKETS: www.ticketmaster.com

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f country is hunting and killing a deer for dinner, Easton Corbin is a little more country than that. He takes down an elk. The country singer will be performing at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Pharr Events Center. Corbin, who almost sounds like he’s channeling George Strait, is the definition of a breakout artist, with more than half a dozen award nominations in categories like “Top New Solo Vocalist” and “New Artist of the Year.” In 2010, he won three American Country Awards, including two for the single and video “I’m a Little More Country Than That.” He grew up in a small rural town in Florida, and as one might expect, working on his grandparents’ cattle farm. So playing traditional country music makes sense for the all-American country boy. His self-titled debut album peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard U.S. Country chart, and his single “I’m a Little More Country Than That” soared to No. 1, along with the hit “Roll With It.” As country as Corbin is, he isn’t a stranger to social media. In August, the country star kept his fans up to date with tweets about being in the studio working on new material. Corbin spoke with Festiva about his

live show, what’s on his iPod and which music he listens to while working out. HOW DOES YOUR LIVE SHOW COMPARE TO WHAT PEOPLE HEAR ON THEIR IPOD? Obviously, we play the record, but we also play songs, covers, that I love just to mix it up a little bit. Being a new artist, we’ve only got three hits, so it’s one of those deals where you kind of have to improvise a little bit — especially being out there for an hour and 15 minutes. WHAT’S ON YOUR IPOD? I got a lot of stuff on my iPod … I’ve been listening to a lot of Johnny Rodriguez stuff. You know, I like to discover a lot of older artists and stuff like that. I listen to a lot of Hank (Williams) Jr., George Strait, Merle (Haggard) and those kinds of guys, Keith Whitley, I love all that. IS THERE ANYTHING OTHER THAN COUNTRY THAT YOU LISTEN TO? It’s funny, I listen to a lot of classic rock when I work out and stuff, it gets you pumped up and stuff. But it’s funny, hell; I’ll listen to Hank Jr. when I work out.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25 WHERE: Pharr Events Center, 3000 N. Cage Blvd. COST: $25 to $45 BUY TICKETS: Pharr Events Center box office, ticketmaster.com


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Little wrestlers bring big-time pain to Pharr

You can get off your knees and stop praying — the Extreme Midget Wrestling Federation has scheduled an event in the Rio Grande Valley. International lucha libres will also perform Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Pharr Events Center. [ZQ] WHEN 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2 WHERE: Pharr Events Center, 3000 N. Cage Blvd., Pharr ONLINE: http://www.ticketmaster.com

STC KICKS OFF DRAMA SEASON WITH ‘DRACULA’ The original vampire will bring to life South Texas College Theater Department’s 2011 to 2012 season, which opens Thursday, Oct. 13, with “Dracula.” The first production will run through Sunday, Oct. 16. “Rumors” will run Dec. 1 through 4. The third show is “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” and it will run Feb. 23 through 26. The season will end with “The Brothers’ Grimm Spectaculathon” May 3 through 6. This marks the second full year of theater productions for STC’s growing department. All shows happen at STC’s Pecan Campus. Tickets cost $5 for the school’s students, faculty and staff. They cost $10 for the general public. Season passes cost $15 and $25 for the public. For more information about upcoming performances, tickets or season passes visit http://lass. southtexascollege.edu/ca/drama/dept/news.html or call (956) 872-2366 or (956) 872-2348. [ZQ]

PALMFEST WILL HOST ANIME AND COMICS EXPO AMONG LINEUP OF ACTIVITIES

From the same people who brought you Omnicon comes Omnichan, a mini anime and gaming convention which will be added to the Palmfest weekend of events. Omnichan starts at 12 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, and lasts through Sunday, during Palmfest hours, at the McAllen Convention Center. There will be a gaming room with fighters, Rock Band and DJ Hero, Kinect games and Wii games. Several video game and card game tournaments will take place. There will be a cosplay competition, vendors and workshops. For anime fans, there’s going to be an anime movie theater, too. [ANS]

UPTOWN ART EXHIBIT RETURNS NEXT MONTH Check out the art and performances of more than 20 local artists at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Jackie Os in McAllen. DJ Double Ds will be spinning, Mallorie will perform and keep your eyes on Ciara Z as she belly dances. A $3 cover at the door will go to “Support the Cause.” [ANS] WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 WHERE: Jackie Os, 2000 Nolana Ave., McAllen COST: $3, at the door; 21 years and older

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years, and at this point I see something and funny just happens. HOW HAS YOUR ACT CHANGED OVER THE YEARS? It went from a lot of fat jokes to almost none. It’s more personal. It’s what’s going on in my life. It’s how I feel about this, this and this. It’s pretty strong. It’s different. IS PERFORMING DIFFERENT TOO? DO YOU HAVE A DIFFERENT ATTITUDE TOWARD IT? Yeah, it’s almost nonchalant. I’m just here. I’m not consciously trying to perform to the back of the room. I’m not pressuring it or overdoing it or forcing it down people’s throats. It’s like this is me and this is what I’m talking about. If you don’t like it, that’s cool. I understand.

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WHAT’S THE BEST EXPERIENCE YOU’VE HAD DOING STAND UP? I’ve gotten to open for a lot of great people, a lot of great bands. It’s taken me around the world. I’ve done U.S.O. work in Iraq and Afghanistan. I’ve done all the states, performed in every major comedy club. It’s been a crazy trip, but it’s been fun. WHAT’S THE WORST THING BEEN ABOUT IT? It never became work until I had children. Before then it was always go go go. Now with my babies, it’s become work. I don’t want to miss bathing them and reading to them and sleeping with them and being a parent. It’s much better when you’re there than when you’re not. Fortunately for me, sometimes I have WiFi and I can do face to face time on iPhones and stuff or on Skype. Other times I can’t.

HOW MUCH ARE YOU TOURING THESE DAYS? Tons. I’m taping my new special October 1 in Milwaukee, Wisc. IS THAT FOR COMEDY CENTRAL? Yes it is. It’s my fourth one for Comedy Central and my fifth DVD in under10 years. So things are cooking with gas as far as that goes. ANYTHING ELSE NEW? Just some TV stuff that I don’t want to talk about. As soon as you do it kinda puts the curse on it. Fortunately for me my wife is also a standup comic so I have a partner that understands what I’m going through on the road and understands my life and what’s happening and me. And we’re trying to write a project together about our lives as a sitcom.

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WHAT SHOULD PEOPLE EXPECT FROM YOUR SHOW? It’s culturally controversial and racially insensitive, and I think a great show. It’s ups and downs, and I’m doing everything from defending Mexicans to taking on what we’ve become as a nation with the post 9/11, and I’m talking about gays in the military, talking about just a lot of controversial subjects. It’s the best work I’ve done, and I get the most sincere thank yous for taking this on, thank you saying something because somebody needs to, after the show now than I ever have before. When you walk that last 15 feet to the microphone there’s a lot of power, a lot of responsibly there. You have to be aware of who you are, what you’re doing and who you’re doing it for. You can change people’s way they think in a ositive way.


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