Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
1:36 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

'True West' Is Intense, Hilarious, Unpredictable

True West Cast
Siggi Ragnar

The Resident Theater Company of the Tobin Center has mounted a new production. I spoke to its Director.

“I’m David Connelly, Director of Attic Rep’s current production of Sam Shepherd’s True West.”

I asked him to tell us about True West.

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11:44 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Ventura Won't See ‘American Sniper,’ Says Kyle Is No Hero

MINNEAPOLIS  — American Sniper is tops at the box office but don’t expect to see former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura lining up at a theater for it.

Ventura, a former Navy SEAL, won $1.8 million in a defamation lawsuit last year against the estate of the late Chris Kyle, the SEAL protagonist of the movie, which has sparked debate over whether snipers should be considered heroes. Ventura said Wednesday he would not see the film partly because Kyle is no hero to him.

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Arts & Culture
4:30 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

The Institute of Texan Cultures Features A Culture You May Not Know

Buffalo Soldier from last year's event
courtesy Institute of Texan Cultures

They’re a part of the American West that doesn’t get a lot of attention, but maybe it’s high time they did.  They were called the Buffalo Soldiers, and the Institute of Texan Cultures wants you to know about them.

“Buffalo Soldiers after the Civil War became very prevalent in West Texas as it led up into the Indian Wars.”

Greg Garret’s an Education Specialist with the Institute.

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Arts & Culture
1:58 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Pushing The Boundaries of Ceramics: SAMA's "Ancient To Modern"

Yes, these are ceramics
Jack Morgan

The San Antonio Museum of Art thinks the best way to understand contemporary Japanese Ceramics is to wind the clock back about twelve thousand years.  That’s because unlike other cultures, twelve thousand years ago Japanese were actually making pots.

“The earliest known culture in the world that produced ceramics."

Emily Sano curated the exhibit.

"It’s one of the earliest steps that mankind took towards a civilized society.”

The exhibit features ancient pieces, all the way to very edgy, modern pieces.

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KPAC Programming
10:13 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

African American Voices

Marian Anderson
Credit Carl van Vechten, Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

Texas Public Radio is proud to share a special series on KPAC 88.3 FM during the month of February, "African American Voices." Produced by Classical 90.5 WUOL, African American Voices is a celebration of African American musicians featuring words and music.

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Arts & Culture
4:23 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

San Antonio Botanical Garden To Expand

San Antonio Botanical Garden, Family Adventure at bottom

A culturally iconic San Antonio institution is beginning a process that should see major changes. It all starts with a million dollar grant.

“We’re pleased that last week the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission awarded that grant to the city.”

Bob Brackman Executive Directs the San Antonio Botanical Garden and is talking about a recently-awarded grant secured by the city for the Garden.  That grant will partially pay for a new area to be built called the Family Adventure Garden.

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Movie Reviews
11:29 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

JLo In January's Movie Of The Week

Well, it's January. That's the message received from “The Boy Next Door,” written by former assistant U.S. attorney Barbara Curry, produced by its star, Jennifer Lopez, and directed by Rob Cohen (“XXX,” “Dragon Heart,” “The Fast and The Furious”). Even though the movie was shot on a budget of 4 million dollars within 25 days, a tight constraint is no excuse for this movie to be so simplistic.

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Arts & Culture
11:14 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Hubble Space Telescope: The Skies Beyond Holst's "The Planets"

Andromeda galaxy as photographed by Hubble Space Telescope
Credit NASA


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Arts & Culture
2:18 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Serious Classical Music... Most Of The Time

Canellakis-Brown Duo
Beowulf Sheehan

Musical Bridges Around the World is bringing a classical music duo to the San Fernando Cathedral on Sunday, February 1st.  I caught up with one of the duo, and found that their unexpected ingredient is a dash of humor.

“Hi, this is Nicholas Canellakis.”

About their San Fernando performance I asked “It’s you and Michael Brown, is it not?”

“Correct; It’s our duo, called the Canellakis-Brown Duo.”

Here’s what they’ve planned to play:

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8:45 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Cannon Thought Fired At Alamo During Siege Returns To Shrine

SAN ANTONIO  — Ten years have passed since Rick Range found a small, bronze Spanish cannon that may have been fired at the Alamo, tucked away in a building in rural North Texas.

“And I was amazed. It was in a dark storage-type workroom, way out in the country,” said Range, a Dallas-area Alamo researcher.

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