San Antonio is a city full of murals, but the new one in the Government Hill neighborhood represents something more. San Anto Cultural Arts Center’s Public Art Program Manager John Medina explains how it came about.
"Earlier in the year we were contacted by City Center Health Careers and they wanted us to team up with them to paint the mural and teach it as part of their curriculum," Medina said. "Previous to this they didn’t have an art class."
So what does a mural and art have to do with City Center Heath Careers Charter School?"
The Vogel Gryff Festival, held in Switzerland, could be described as wishful thinking, because January 13th 2014, is most certainly, not remotely or positively anywhere near the end of winter! But since the 13th century, Swiss folk in Basel have enjoyed this fun event that aims to chase away the winter, and also mocks the city elite.
San Antonio’s Jump-Start Performance Co. is making a big move, and it all starts with an unusual party. After having operated out of the Blue Star Complex for 20 years, they’re in the process now of moving.
"Our stage has been taken up and I believe today a crew is dismantling our light grid," said Marketing Director Erik Bosse.
The party’s held as the last event in the Blue Star facility, which Bosse describes as a "big, massive event with music, poetry, theater, dance, video, all sorts and things to do."
Jess Escalante (right), the 70-year-old founder of Mariachi Norteno, plays his guitarrón in a recent Mass for Our Lady of Guadalupe inside St. Joseph Catholic Church in Houston. He's joined by Jose Martinez.
Next Friday the San Antonio Symphony’s month-long Dvořák Festival begins. An enthusiastic Maestro Sebastian Lang-Lessing describes Dvořák’s cello concerto as an outstanding one, and "probably also is the most popular cello concerto ever written."
For the Dvořák debut, the symphony is bringing back Chinese cellist Jian Wang.
"He’s looking forward to coming back to San Antonio this season, and we are looking forward to kick off the festival with him," Lang Lessing said.
It all starts with the spirited "Carnival Overture."
The city of San Antonio is looking for its top wordsmith. The pay isn’t great, but according to Dr. Carmen Tafolla, the gig is.
"It is a wonderful, wonderful experience," said Tafolla, San Antonio's current poet laureate whose reign is nearing the end. She said she thinks highly of the city that allowed her the honor to represent it.
"We are very, very fortunate to be in a city that recognizes the power of poetry, the power of words, and its ownership by the community," Tafolla said.