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2018 Elections: What You Need To Know Before Early Voting

Updated 4 p.m. Early voting for Texas’s March 6 primary starts Tuesday. The midterm elections are often the overlooked middle child of any election cycle. But while they don’t get as much press as races during Presidential election years, the stakes are high. Thirty six states, including Texas, are voting for governor in 2018. Midterms are especially significant for the U.S. and Texas House of Representatives, since their terms are just two years long. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The winners won’t be decided until November. Tuesday, is the first day of early voting for Texas’ midterm primary election.

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State & National News

Teens 'Lie In' At White House To Push For Stronger Gun Control

A group of teenagers who say they are desperate for some action on gun control staged a silent "lie-in" outside the White House Monday, in the wake of the deadly Florida school shooting last week. The event was organized over Facebook by a group called Teens for Gun Reform , which listed their intentions in a post: "By doing this, we will make a statement on the atrocities which have been committed due to the lack of gun control, and send a powerful message to our government that they must...

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Maria Callas defined what it meant to be a diva. And Callas remains one of the towering figures of opera. But, exciting as Callas was as a performer, her voice began to decline while she was still relatively young. Experts and fans alike continue to question what exactly happened to a voice that was both exhilarating and controversial.

The year was 1952, and Callas was performing what would become one of her legendary roles -- Bellini's Norma -- at London's Covent Garden.

Courtesy of the Criterion Collection.

"The Red Shoes," the rapturous 1948 British film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is not just a great backstage film, it’s about the burning hunger that great artists have within them to create. In fact, "The Red Shoes" even goes as far as to suggest that art is something worth dying for.  In the freshly post-war England, this must have been a daring thematic choice.  After all, citizens for years had been dying for crown and country, and now, for dance?  But for the artists of "The Red Shoes," dance they must. 

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Are we wake-walking through our dreams, or sleep-walking through life? Or is it the reverse?

Josh Huskin

Onstage at the South By Southwest festival in Austin last month, Girl in a Coma played to a packed house at a club on Sixth Street with a special guest, Cherie Currie, co-founder with Joan Jett of the iconic late seventies all-female band, The Runaways.  Girl in a Coma’s bassist Jenn Alva says it was a real “rock star” moment for her.

“I guess we really never think about ‘Oh, we’re so cool,’ but when we were the backup band for her, we just felt like, ‘YEAH!,” says Alva. 

Drummer Phanie Diaz, laughing, pipes in, “Yeah, Jenn’s lips naturally snarled!”

Nathan Cone


In the mid-1990s, Samuel “Sambo” Mockbee, founded the Rural Studio, a radical educational design/build program in poverty-stricken Hale County, Alabama. 

St. Chris Productions/Cinema Libre Studio

A sweet comedy about a sad sack poet trying to open a “mostly vegetarian” food stand, writer/director/actor Paul Gordon says "The Happy Poet" is also about "kindness and generosity versus looking out for yourself and doing what you need to do to get by." In the film, Bill (Gordon) finds trying to stay true to his convictions and make ends meet to be tougher than he expected.  

Nathan Cone

In 1957, Barbara Smith Conrad was studying music at the University of Texas in Austin. She was cast as Dido in a student production of Henry Purcell’s opera "Dido and Aeneas." 

Two weeks before the curtain, Conrad learned that she would not be singing the role of Dido, because a state congressman had objected to an African-American woman being cast opposite a white leading man in a romantic role.  

With all of the Best Of 2009 and Best Of/Worst Of Decade lists that have been published in print and online recently, I started to feel that there were some films that have been unfairly neglected. They’re movies that you saw over the past decade, but then they went on the shelf of your memory and haven’t been taken down since, despite the fact that you enjoyed them the first time around.

Wounded Vet Takes Pain Of War To Comedy Club

Dec 25, 2009

We first brought you the story of Staff Sgt. Bobby Henline last year. He was wounded in Iraq in 2007 and burned over nearly half his body.

After months of recovery, his life is slowly getting back to normal. Henline must endure grueling physical therapy because of injuries. But to help heal the wounds we can't see, he has taken up an interesting hobby, one that helps him employ the healing power of laughter.

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Editor’s Note: When I received a review copy of the new direct-to-video movie Santa Buddies in the mail, I knew exactly who to call. My own buddy Ryan, whom I’ve known since college, tolerates excruciatingly bad movies well, for what reason I cannot tell. I figured that reading his review of the movie would be much more fun than sitting through 88 minutes of CGI-assisted talking dogs. I wasn’t disappointed. Without further ado, here’s the longest analysis of Santa Buddies you’re likely to read on the Internet. Now, I dare you to watch the movie. –Nathan Cone 


2018 Salute to Business Supporters

This year's Salute to Business Supporters event is sponsored by: Port San Antonio, Culligan Water San Antonio; Southwest Metal Roofing; Dixie Flag and Banner Company

Arts & Culture

Bihl Haus Arts

From a behind-the-scenes look at the life of an artist, to a celebration of love, to the melding of music and art, here’s a preview of this weekend’s events.


Courtesy of Institute of Texan Cultures

The Hemisfair area will be full of people and music and the smells of exotic foods Saturday for the Asian Festival. And the Institute of Texan Cultures' James Benavides says the scope of won't just be limited to the cultures of the orient.


Jack Morgan / Texas Public Radio

A massive piece of art hangs at the recently re-built Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.


Jack Morgan / Texas Public Radio

From a theater exhibition to a skygazing night out, there's a lot going on this weekend.


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San Antonio's Tricentennial

As San Antonio celebrates its 300 years of history, TPR is reporting on the celebrations, as well as the historical & cultural milestones that have made the city what it is today.

7 Stories, 7 Dollars

March 6, 7pm: Brick at Blue Star