Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

A 17-year-old from Kazakhstan won the top $10,000 prize Sunday at the first-ever Cliburn International Junior Piano competition in Fort Worth.

courtesy Brittain Pittman

There’s an annual program in San Antonio that features music and dance, and all in a historic location.

 “Well, we’re having a dance hall series that is going to run through the remainder of that summer.”

 That’s band leader Doc Watkins.

 “Starting this Wednesday night at the Pearl Brewery in the Stables, and we’re going to do that every Wednesday night from July first all the way through August 26th.”

 This is the second year for the Dance Hall series at the historic Pearl Stables.

With a silver pompadour and a belt-busting baritone that delivers songs about heartbreak and honky-tonking, Texas musician Dale Watson is straight country — but he doesn't necessarily want you to say so.


It's hard to believe it's been 40 years since Venezuela's El Sistema drew its first breath, but it has. A new compact disc from DG celebrates this 40th anniversary with a collection of 12 tracks drawn from the extensive discography of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. The disc is titled “El Sistema 40 – A Celebration.”

Rolando Briseno

A popular piece of public art has new meaning today for its San Antonio creator. That creator is Rolando Briseno, whose resume says he’s not just an artist, he’s also this.

“A cultural adjuster.”

He knows a lot about the South Texas culture, but twenty-four years ago, he actually lived elsewhere.

“In 1991 I was living in New York and I got a call from the Order of Alhambra, which is part of the Knights of Columbus.”