Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
2:09 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

"Altared" Consciousness: Sacred Altars on Display

"Unity of Symbols" by Ron Schumacher
Penny Malone

You probably think of church when you think of altars, but  you might also think of art. And not just art—sacred art. Non-denominational sacred art.

“They are--almost all—spiritual, and almost all non-religious.”

That’s Celebration Circle’s Spiritual Director Rudi Harst and he’s talking about a series of altars built by artists. Here’s how it happened.

“We give fifty-plus artists identical wooden boxes," he explained. "Two months later they bring them back with totally different expressions of what’s important to each one of them individually.”

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Arts & Culture
10:43 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Retro Tent Show "La Carpa Garcia" Coming to Say Sí

Hermanas Garcia
Adam Peché

It’s a stage production about something that’s come and gone decades ago. I spoke to Say Si’s Joy Jimenez about what La Carpa Garcia was.

“They were a traveling tent show.”

The ‘they’ is the extended Garcia Family.

“They were a family that took their tents—the Carpas—around to many neighborhoods and Mexican barrios around the southwest,” she explained.

This was back in the 1920s, '30s and '40s. They were singers, dancers, circus performers, entertainers.  

“They ended up settling in San Antonio when the Carpas shut down in the '40s,” said Jimenez.

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Arts & Culture
3:32 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

San Antonio Chamber Choir Gearing For Changes This Weekend

San Antonio Chamber Choir
San Antonio Chamber Choir Facebook

San Antonio arts institutions are gearing up for the fall season, and the San Antonio Chamber Choir begins theirs this weekend with a pair of performances, themed "A River Runs Through Us."

I spoke to Rick Bjella, their new Artistic Director. He talked about this weekend's performance:

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Arts & Culture
11:36 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Shedding Light On Beauty And The Beast's "Lumiere"

Patrick Pevehouse
National Tour Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

It was a huge hit in the movie theater, in the Broadway Theater, and now it’s coming back to San Antonio.
If you’ve seen it, surely you remember this scene (click "listen" above to hear the scene).

"Ma chère mademoiselle! It is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that we welcome you tonight. And now, we invite to relax, let us pull up a chair, as the dining room proudly presents: your dinner!"

That’s Patrick Pevehouse, who plays the iconic Lumiere in "Beauty and the Beast" and his return to San Antonio is delightfully coincidental.

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Classical Music
9:29 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Baritone John Brancy, Fantastic as "Mr. Fox"

Credit Courtesy photo

Baritone John Brancy, 25, plays the lead role in the Opera San Antonio production of "Fantasic Mr. Fox," opening September 23 at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

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Arts & Culture
3:08 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

See O'Neil Ford's Alternative Tower Of The Americas Designs At Trinity Gallery

Tower of The Americas Design, unused
Ford, Powell & Carson

A chance find in a basement has cast a new light on San Antonio’s not-so-distant past. It started out with an e-mail received by Trinity University Assistant Professor Kathryn O’Rourke.

“Kathryn, you’re not going to believe this. We have made this amazing discovery. I can’t even tell you over e-mail what it is, it’s so exciting.”

An intern named Jason had been sent to the basement to archive old files.

"Pretty typical intern grunt work, frankly,” said O'Rourke.

But O'Rourke says he found some sketches there that gave him pause.

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Arts & Culture
3:54 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

The Bad Plus Bringing Jazz To The Aztec

A three-man jazz troupe is heading to San Antonio. I caught up with Reid Anderson, bass player of The Bad Plus, in New York, where the group is just back from a European Tour.

Their music has an elemental, austere feel, while somehow at the same time feeling full of sound. I asked Reid how he described their music.

“The instrumentation is acoustic bass, drums and piano," he said. "At the core we’re jazz musicians and we’re improvisers, but we don’t consider that we have to make our music sound like jazz necessarily. We try to bring a strong energy to what we do."

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Music Interviews
9:56 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Tobias Picker On His Family Opera, "Fantasic Mr. Fox"

Composer Tobias Picker

Composer Tobias Picker has written three symphonies, eight concertos, and scores of works for solo piano, chamber musicians, and voice. But in his role as Artistic Director of Opera San Antonio, his focus is on the stage. For the opening of its inaugural season, Picker has selected one of his own works, and one designed to open the doors for all ages to an art form that engages the senses in unparalleled fashion. "Fantastic Mr. Fox" was Picker's second opera, written in 1998 for the Los Angeles Opera.

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Arts & Culture
3:18 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Through Children's Eyes: War Refugee Photo Exhibit

Bantu Eyez
Cristina Jimenez Sanchez

I recently told you about an exhibit called Bantu Eyez. Since then, I was able to speak to the woman who actually shot the exhibit's pictures, and the story deepened a bit.

First, if you didn’t know that San Antonio even had a Somali Bantu refugee population, you’re not alone.

"I didn’t know that and I’ve lived in San Antonio all my life," said photographer Cristina Jimenez Sanchez, who captured all the exhibit’s images, and here's why.

"I felt it was something for San Antonio to know, for Texas to know, because they’re now part of Texas history," she said. 

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Arts & Culture
4:20 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Fotoseptiembre Exhibit 'Bantu Eyez' A Look At Somali Community In San Antonio

Cristina J. Sanchez showing pictures
Cristina J. Sanchez

A new photo exhibit is set to open, and its origins are curious. It’s called Bantu Eyez.

“Bantu Eyez is a wonderful exhibition of 26 photographs by Cristina Jimenez Sanchez, a wonderful local photographer," said Allison Hays Lane, University Health System’s art program manager who is curating the exhibit.

“And she had documented, over the last five years, children and adults from the Bantu community -- Somali community -- here in San Antonio,” she said.

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