NU FLAMENCO Dance & Guitar Concert

FESTIBA 2018 and the Patron of the Arts Series presents NU FLAMENCO Dance & Guitar Concert with Niurca Marquez and Jose Luis de la Paz.


Niurca Marquez has an extremely wide range, as a creator and performer in flamenco and other contemporary dance forms. Jose Luis de la Paz is an award-winning guitarist, recognized in all the disciplines of the Flamenco Art. (Purchase tickets at; call 956-665-3881 for more information)

For questions, call (956) 665-3881.

UTRGV presenting popular Lin-Manuel Miranda musical, “In the Heights”

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – FEB. 8, 2018 – The modern and popular musical “In the Heights,” is coming to the UTRGV University Productions Theatre’s main stage.


Music and lyrics for “In the Heights” are by Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame, with book by Quiara Alegría Hudes.


The story is set over the course of three days, following the hopes and dreams of young people and their hard-working parents in the largely Dominican-American neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City. The musical tackles cultural issues like the importance of home and family, and whether the grass is greener in a new environ than where one is born and raised – issues that certainly resonate with residents of the Rio Grande Valley.

In the Heights opened on Broadway in 2008 and has been nominated for 13 Tony Awards. It has won four, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. It also won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, and was nominated for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.


UTRGV professor Dr. Brian Warren directs “In the Heights” and the cast and crew are students from the university and from the community.


For more information, call the University Productions Box Office at (956) 665-3581, or email Elva Galvan at

Big Read Program Returning to Edinburg Library

Edinburg, Texas –The Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library announces the return of the Big Read Program with the help of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley who has received a grant to host the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read program. 

The NEA Big Read scheduled for March, broadens one’s understanding of the world, their communities, and themselves through the joy of sharing a good book. This year, The Big Read in Edinburg will focus on the novel Ways of Going Home by Alejandro Zambra.

On Wednesday, January 24, Big Read Book Discussion Leaders received complimentary copies of this year’s book selection. The book distribution took place at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library. Dr. Steven Schneider, Creative Writing Professor at UTRGV, introduced this year’s book selection.

Book discussion groups and other Big Read activities will take place during March, including a presentation by Alejandro Zambra who will discuss his book on Thursday, March 1 at noon in the Shary Room at the UTRGV Library in Edinburg. 


Dr. Schneider says, “This is an exciting program which will be launched during FESTIBA and will offer an opportunity for the entire community to engage with an important novel through a variety of stimulating programs.”

Library & Cultural Arts Director, Leticia Leija says the Big Read has always been a popular program in Edinburg. “This year we hope to continue the excitement generated by the shared experience of reading the same book, as we jointly read and discuss Ways of Going Home. This book is sure to engage our community in vivid book discussions.”

Through the coordination of the Edinburg library, various book groups will be meeting to discuss the book in various libraries and schools throughout Starr and Hidalgo County.”

For more information about the NEA Big Read visit To participate in a community book discussion contact Jose Tamez or Omero Morales at 956-383-6246 or visit the library located at 1906 South Closner Boulevard.

Edinburg Library to Host Scholars for Life Series

Edinburg, Texas– If you want to learn how information interaction influences behavior and decisions, then The Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library has a presentation you don’t want to miss.  Make plans to attend the upcoming Scholars for Life lecture and presentation entitled, America’s Media Panic: “Whose News?” on Thursday, February 22, from 6-8 p.m. The event is free, and everyone is welcome.


The Sekula Memorial Library is partnering with Dr. Lee Basham, Philosophy Professor at South Texas College, to host this lecture that promises to be very informative.  Dr. Basham says, he wants to “provide the community with information about Social Epistemology and Mainstream media’s means and attitudes to control, deflect and dismiss alternative explanations for important events, and when they rather do the opposite, too.”

Dr. Basham has a Ph.D. in Philosophy, specializing in Metaphysics and Epistemology. He is a professor of philosophy at South Texas College and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He is also an author of some professional articles and book chapters on issues surrounding public information in democracies and the nature of contemporary conspiracy theories.


The Scholars For Life Series encourages library partnerships with local educational institutions by providing access to lifelong learning through lectures and presentations that enhance lives and the Rio Grande Valley community.


These monthly lectures and presentations will be held from February through May, free of charge. For more information, call (956) 383-6246 or visit