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.
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."
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.
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.