Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

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The National Museum of the American Latino Act is legislation to authorize the Smithsonian to create a museum honoring Latino Americans similar to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. While speaking at San Antonio’s Centro de Artes museum this morning Senator John Cornyn said the museum is needed. And the history and culture of American Latinos is ingrained in the fabric of America.

 

Norma Martinez

A person’s name can be a point of contention, especially when it’s pronounced incorrectly.  If your name is long, perhaps you shorten it.  Or if you are Hispanic, perhaps you don’t mind an Anglicized version…take “peh-REZ” instead of “PEH-rez.”

TPR’s Norma Martinez spoke to writer, performer, and social activist Irma Herrera, whose one-woman show “Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name” encourages people to embrace the names with which they were blessed. 


Mark Hiebert Photography. Courtesy of the Briscoe Western Art Museum

TPR's Arts and Culture Reporter Jack Morgan showcases three events to catch this weekend.


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At a glance, Volcán appears to be a band straight out of a Latin American country, maybe Venezuela or Cuba. So much so that many of the band members are often caught in a guessing game of what country they originate from, especially lead singer Jose Huizar. Which rich vocals and an impeccable Latin accent, Jose fills the room with his presence and takes you to another world, far from Texas.

Texas Standard interview by Jody Denberg.

Bill Collings dropped out of college to start making guitars.

Little did he know that his passion for exquisite craftsmanship would earn him the respect of musical talents who would help set a new standard for the quality of acoustic sound, and earn him a place in the Texas music scene for the Collings guitar.

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