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Although it’s been a couple of weeks since the South By Southwest Film Festival ended, I can’t stop thinking about Lamb. The film, based on the prize-winning novel by Bonnie Nadzam, is about David Lamb, an emotionally adrift middle-aged man who forms a curious friendship with Tommie, an 11-year-old girl, following the death of his father, and in the aftermath of his own divorce.


In 2006, Pierre Morel directed “Taken,” which became a sleeper hit in part due to the surprise of dramatic actor Liam Neeson fitting snugly into the role of action hero. The story was personal and yet lean, the plot was simple, but engaging. The film had momentum and really didn’t stop. Which of course has led to not-so-stellar sequels and numerous copycats. Perhaps with “The Gunman” Morel can find his footing again and recreate the intense action we’ve come to known. Does he succeed? Well yes and no. 

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SAN ANTONIO — Twenty years after Selena’s murder, the Latin world will remember “The Queen of Tejano” with concerts, lookalike contests, dances and a massive festival. But her father has mixed feelings about the celebrations.

“Of course I’m happy that, today, people remember Selena more than ever,” Abraham Quintanilla III said via phone from his office in Corpus Christi.

“But, as Jehovah’s Witnesses, we don’t celebrate deaths or birthdays, and we don’t want people to think we’re behind all the festivities. It’s crazy. It grows every day with events everywhere, but we’re not organizing them. Our family never got together every year on the day of her murder, because there’s nothing to celebrate, and this year won't be the exception,” he added.

“We remember our daughter every single day. We don’t need a special day to remember her.”

Selena began performing as a child, singing in Los Dinos, a band formed by her father that featured her brother A.B. on bass and sister Suzette on drums.

She won a Best Mexican-American Album Grammy for Live, had several hits in the U.S. and was about to cross over to the English-language pop market when, on March 31, 1995, she was murdered by Yolanda Saldívar, the president of her fan club.

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There’s something significant going on downtown, and it’s scale is quite impressive. I heard about it from a friend, and drove down to inspect what was going on. At a noisy place, where I-10 meets I-35, right behind the Christopher Columbus Italian-American Society, there’s a very unremarkable urban parking lot. In that lot three young men pour skin-colored paint into big, hand-pump paint cans. Then they begin spraying the paint onto the asphalt.

“My name is Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada.”

Rodriguez-Gerada is the world renowned artist behind this project. 

A Gift Of Art From Two Philanthropic Giants

Mar 27, 2015
James Baker

As I walked out of San Antonio's McNay Museum of Art this morning, after a wonderful interview with Linda Hardberger, I felt as though I were swimming upstream against an unstoppable current of children. They were there to tour the McNay's current exhibition of pieces from the Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts. I had only moments earlier been speaking to Mrs.