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The stranger that rides into town is a movie trope that’s well-worn, but with “La Barracuda,” filmmakers Julia Halperin and Jason Cortlund use suspense, unease, original music, and a Texas setting to bring a fresh new take on the genre. The movie premiered at this year’s South By Southwest Film Festival and screens this Saturday out of competition at the Hill Country Film Festival in Fredericksburg.

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“There just aren’t enough opportunities for people living in San Antonio to hear baroque music,” says Amy Pikler, a violist with the San Antonio Symphony, who also plays recorder. “Most classical concerts don’t even include one piece of baroque music. You don’t hear Bach and Telemann as often as you hear Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Brahms, and I think that people should know that [baroque music] is just as good in a different way. I really want people to hear it and I think that they deserve to hear it.”

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Make a date with KPAC and KTXI for the next eight Sunday afternoons for The Art of American Popular Song, the reprise of a series produced over a decade ago for KPAC by co-writers and hosts Kathy Couser and James Baker. Each week the program will focus on one of the most important of the songwriters who produced, over a span of 50 years, what is affectionately known as The Great American Songbook.

Jazz TX

If you’ve been to Jazz, TX, you know that while jazz is the main course at the club, you’ll also find healthy side helpings of blues on the menu.

In this episode of "Live At Jazz, TX," guitarist Ruben V brings his band to the club and shares the stage with San Antonio’s own Doc Watkins on the Hammond organ for a six-song set featuring smoking blues and Latin grooves.

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Unusual music in an unusual place on Saturday. TPR's Arts and Culture Reporter Jack Morgan spoke to the group's leader.

Mark Landson says what makes Neo Camerata unusual is that it's classical, but with a twist.

"It brings it into a language that is more updated for today. A lot of times we hear pop harmonies. We hear various types of rhythms, rhythmic patterns that they didn't have available, back in the 19th century when those guys were writing."

"It's sort of like a melding of popular music of today with classical craft."

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