Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
12:16 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Ken Burns Wants You To Learn, And Recite, The Gettysburg Address

Group photo of Greenwood School students with Ken Burns.
learntheaddress.org

Ken Burns’ new film "The Address" debuts Tuesday, April 15, on KLRN. I caught up with Burns to find out what the film was about. While his focus is often on huge subjects, "The Address" is, in a way, about a very small one. Across the Connecticut River from Burns’ New Hampshire home is the tiny Greenwood School in Putney, Vermont.

“It’s a boarding school for kids very young, 11 to 17, who suffer from learning differences like dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD, a whole alphabet soup of learning issues,” explained Burns.

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Arts & Culture
3:57 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Fiesta Gown Glamour On Display At The Witte's 'Fairytale Fiesta'

Fairytale Fiesta.
Julie Ledet, digital media coordinator at the Witte Museum

Every year the Witte Museum puts on a thematic Fiesta gown-oriented exhibition. Curator of Collections Amy Fulkerson lets us in on this year’s theme.

“A collection of gowns that are all inspired by fairy tales, stories or legends,” she said.

The gowns Fulkerson is talking about are highly elaborate, sequined, beaded Fiesta gowns with trains as long as 15 ft. These things look like they could’ve been worn at a royal coronation.

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Arts & Culture
2:10 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Van Cliburn Gold Medal Winner Vadym Kholodenko Coming To San Antonio

Last year’s gold medal winner of the Van Cliburn Piano Competition was Vadym Kholodenko, and he's coming to San Antonio for a performance.

"I am very proud to be one of the Cliburn winners and this competition is very important, actually," Kholodenko said. "It stands as one of the four or five biggest competitions in the world."

Arts San Antonio is bringing Kholodenko to the Lila Cockrell Theater this Thursday, April 17. He’s playing solo, but he’ll also be doing some duets.

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Movie Reviews
11:31 pm
Sat April 12, 2014

"Rio 2" A Colorful Yet Crowded Travelogue

20th Century Fox

The gang’s all here again in “Rio 2,” a bright animated musical that’s sure to please the kids in the audience, and likely to at least hold the interest of the grownups. Jesse Eisenberg is back as the neurotic Blu, a suburban spix’s macaw now living in Rio de Janeiro along with his wife, Jewel (Anne Hathaway), and three kids. When a television report tips Jewel off that their family might not be the only blue spix’s macaws left on earth, the crew flies into the heart of the Amazon to find the rest of their family, and meet up with Blu’s former caretakers Linda and Tulio.

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Music
1:10 pm
Sat April 12, 2014

Borderland Music: Songs From The U.S.-Mexico Frontera

Ricky Munoz, lead singer of Intocalbe, performs in Juarez, Mexico earlier this month. Intocable, a band popular on both sides of the border, is inspired by Mexican music, country hits and rock bands like Def Leppard.
Kainaz Amaria/NPR

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 10:01 am

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Arts & Culture
1:30 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

San Antonio's Biggest Little Park Is Also A Pace Family Memorial

Tumble hill.
Chris Cooper Photography

There’s a park in San Antonio that owes its existence to one of the city’s art icons. Being just less than an acre, it’s easy to miss, but I recommend you don’t. To find it go down South Flores to Camp Street, and on the west side of the road, there it is.

"CHRISpark is a privately-funded park that’s open to the public," said Jon Ahrens, the landscape architect who designed CHRISpark.

“Chris was the son of Linda Pace,” he added.

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Arts & Culture
2:56 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Comedian Bill Maher Coming To Laurie Auditorium This Saturday

Courtesy photo

Controversial comedian Bill Maher is performing Saturday, April 12, at the Laurie Auditorium. I caught up with Maher on Wednesday afternoon, and it was a surprising conversation.

"I could live in a place like San Antonio," Maher said.

I didn’t expect to hear that from Maher, a confirmed West-Coaster.

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Classical Music
10:17 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Rock Guitarists Go Symphonic On New Disc

Credit Universal Music Group

Rock and classical have been mixing together like peanut butter and chocolate since the 1960s. On one side, there were groups like Electric Light Orchestra, ELP, Gryphon, and Yes adding symphonic elements to rock music, and on the other, composers such as Terry Riley, Philip Glass, Ennio Morricone, and George Crumb borrowed the amplified sounds of rock in works such as “Black Angels” (Crumb), “A Rainbow In Curved Air” (Riley), or pretty much the entire output of Glass’ work in the 1970s.

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Local Music
11:40 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Girl In A Coma Side Project Gets 'Ugly'

L to R: Jenn Fea, Aaron Feo, Theresa Fea, Phanie Fea.
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Phanie Diaz and Jenn Alva, two-thirds of the power-punk alternative trio Girl In A Coma, want to emphasize that their new project, FEA, doesn’t mean the popular San Antonio-based band is breaking up. But with singer (and Phanie's sister) Nina Diaz embarking on a solo record, Alva (bass) and Diaz (drums) felt the time was right to flex their creative muscles.

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Books News & Features
8:49 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Barry Lopez: American Literary Icon

Barry Lopez
Credit David Liittschwager/Barry Lopez

"There is a way in which the arts serve humanity and are not just entertainment. That seems to be the drift at the moment, that the arts are there to entertain us, but that's not why human beings became dedicated artists. Even if they were driven by individual artistic vision, there's a social impulse behind the desire to create art." Barry Lopez

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