Democratic National Convention - Mayor Julián Castro
Tuesday night San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro stepped into the national spotlight by delivering the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. The prime time spot at the convention has turned Castro into a national political figure and has spurred talk that he’ll soon seek a statewide elected office. However, Texas has not elected a democrat to a statewide office since 1997.
Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket” has earned its share of praise and hand-wringing since its debut 25 years ago. It’s been called the least of Kubrick’s war films, and has often been dismissed as a two-act movie that falls apart halfway through.
Fela Kuti is considered the founder of the musical style known as Afropop, which employs a very large band with a jazzy horn section and African rhythms. Kuti is not only a composer, but multi-instrumentalist, human rights advocate and political agitator.
The Fela Kuti Double Feature Documentary and Concert DVD is hypnotic watching, beginning with the chain smoking Fela introducing himself.
Even with no formal training in front of the camera, San Antonio actress Jamye Cox captured the “Best Actress” honor at the 2011 48 Hour Film Experience, and with it, the attention of many fans and friends in the San Antonio filmmaking community.
Among movie musicals, “Singin’ in the Rain” stands as the greatest of them all. Its nearest competitors, “The Band Wagon” with Fred Astaire, or even Gene Kelly’s “An American in Paris,” produced a year before “Singin’ in the Rain,” are also just as entertaining today as when they were first released six decades ago. But something about “Singin’ in the Rain” gives it a snap that remains timeless.
The opportunity afforded me this year by the double-Prokofiev season of the Houston Ballet has been terrific. Not only did I have the chance to see Prokofiev’s “Cinderella,” fully staged a couple of months ago, but this weekend I returned to see what is undoubtedly Prokofiev’s most important ballet: “Romeo and Juliet”.
In August 2010, HJ Lim performed the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas over eight consecutive days in Paris and one year later she went on to record the complete cycle for EMI Classics with whom she now records exclusively.
In an interview with host John Clare, HJ talks about leaving two of the sonatas out (Beethoven did not approve of their publication, his brother did!) and about choosing the right tempi that Beethoven wanted.
The 1960s and 70s were a time of great experimentation and revolt. New and different were in, and young musicians, artists and filmmakers’ battle cry was “why the hell not?” In a similar vein, a Parisian film maker hired a race driver to tear across Paris in the early morning in a Ferrari at speeds up to 120 mph with a 35mm camera strapped to the hood. In that same go for broke manner the producers of the film “The Girl on a Motorcycle” approached their task.
Yolanda Kondonassis is celebrating 20 years of recording with a new compilation of her recordings, a Best of – available on Azica records. She is also celebrating Earthday with a new book, Our House is Round – a children’s guide to environmental care.
“I believe that age when young children learn about music or the environment can lead to great habits,” she said, speaking about both releases.
Kondonassis will be in Texas next year playing Ginastera!