Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Julio Chacon

Another big weekend is heading our way. There’s plenty to do—here’s a snapshot. Saturday morning Artpace shuts down parts of downtown. Artpace’s Taylor Browning explains Chalk It Up.

“We are! We’ve closed streets to traffic from Flores to Jefferson. We’ll be having Artpace Chalk It Up from 10 AM to 4 PM on 5 blocks of Houston Street.”

Teams will create intricate 8 by 10 chalk murals. Twenty thousand people will be playing in the streets.  They'll have food trucks and a lot more.

In 1972, composer Steve Reich wrote a piece that — theoretically — anyone can play. No instruments are required for “Clapping Music” other than the human body. The music is produced by two performers, each clapping the same rhythm in 12/8 time. After repeating the phrase eight times, one performer shifts his or her rhythm by one beat. This same process is repeated 12 times, creating an interlocking series of patterns that tickle the ear with polyrhythmic delight. It sounds simple, but it’s hard to pull off.

Vincenzo Sansone

It’s a new theatrical production, but if you’re expecting to just find your seat in a theater and be entertained, you’ve got another thing coming.  Just about nothing in this Trinity University Human Communication Theatre partnership production called Invisible Cities is standard. Director Pino di Buduo is here from Italy, and he steps us through the production.

San Antonio River Foundation

The Mission Concepcion Art Portal may well be the city’s single biggest piece of art, and it’s nothing short of enormous. It’s 84 feet wide, and that’s by far the shortest angle. The long angle is a 188 feet. Artist Stacy Levy calls the installation River Return.

“This is a park that sits right between the river and Mission Concepcion. But when you stand here you can’t really see either one of them that easily.”

San Antonio’s Ricardo Chavira, best known for his role as “Carlos” on the hit TV program Desperate Housewives, wraps up a special summer gig this week as host of TPR’s weekly broadcasts of the San Antonio Symphony on KPAC 88.3 FM and KTXI 90.1 FM (you can hear the program Saturday night at 7 p.m.). “It’s one of the things I’m most proud of,” he says with a smile. But it isn’t the only thing that’s been keeping him busy.