Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
12:22 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Coming Soon To Alamo Plaza, A Festival Of Lights, Food And Action

Dancers Waiting to Perform
Fred Gonzales

From time immemorial, Hindus have celebrated Diwali, the “Festival of Lights,” sometime between the middle of October to mid-November each year. This year, the Alamo City is taking that celebration forward, with a fete at the Alamo Plaza being billed as the biggest of its kind in the country. 

It’s called Diwali, the Festival of Lights, and Martha Henry, with the City of San Antonio’s International Relations Office, tells us it’s “a triumph of good over evil.”

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Classical Music
10:43 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Opera Piccola Opens A Window Onto Suburban America In The 1950s

Kristin Roach, Music Director of Opera Piccola of San Antonio.
Credit Janet Rogers

It’s a good time to be an opera fan in San Antonio. In addition to the newly-formed Opera San Antonio, Opera Piccola, led by longtime singer and impresario Mark Richter, opens their third season this weekend at the historic Empire Theatre. On the bill are two one-act operas that capture America in the 1950s.

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Arts & Culture
7:10 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Cloud Illusions: Intimate Impressionism On KPAC

van Gogh: Flower Beds in Holland
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

It was Joni Mitchell who penned the lyric “it's cloud illusions I recall, I really don't know clouds at all.” I'm not sure why, but this song, "Both Sides Now," always comes into my mind when I turn my eyes toward the heavens to better see the clouds.

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Arts & Culture
2:15 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Well, Here's The News From Lake Wobegon: Keillor's Coming To San Antonio

Garrison Keillor back in the early days
Prairie Home Companion

After 40 years of doing his program, he’s become, kind of, the grand old man of public radio. Meet Garrison Keillor, the person behind the legend. TPR’s Arts and Culture Reporter Jack Morgan reached him by phone Friday.

Prairie Home Companion is a public radio staple. But it sure didn’t start out as the powerhouse it now is.

“No, it was just, just having fun with radio. I had put in my time doing news and announcing classical music.”

Keillor started his broadcast career at Minnesota Public Radio.

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Arts & Culture
1:51 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

On Stage: Texas Renaissance Festival

The Texas Renaissance Festival is celebrating its 40th year by holding events including a costume contest. Pictured is one of the participants. (Facebook)

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 1:44 pm

The Texas Renaissance Festival in Todd Mission, Texas, is going on right now. The festival bills itself as the largest renaissance festival in the country, and its celebrating 40 years with a King Midas masquerade ball, themed villages and costume contests.

Kim Bryant, who is one of the judges, as well as an actress at the fair, joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to talk about the fair.

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Arts & Culture
10:11 am
Wed October 22, 2014

First Fine Arts Concert Features USAF Spectrum Winds

First Baptist Church's ongoing music program begins its fall/winter season on Oct. 26, Sunday. I spoke to the church’s Aaron Hufty about the first performance, by a group called Spectrum Winds.

"Well this is a group of young professional musicians, who  are part of the USAF Band of the West, stationed at Lackland Air Force Base. This quintet plays a wide variety of chamber music and so we’re looking forward to hosting them this Sunday at our church.”

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Arts & Culture
5:24 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

San Antonio Filmmakers Take On Epic Stories

L to R: Lara Shah, Johnny Walter, Byron Brown, Brant Bumpers
Scott Langford

Imagine the largest, most epic movie possible, and then trying to remake it on a shoestring budget. A bad idea? Most definitely. But bad ideas can make for good comedy, and San Antonio filmmaker Scott Langford’s “Remake” finds three South Texas friends deciding to do a local version of “Braveheart,” of all things.

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Arts & Culture
1:17 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

At The Heart Of Canyon Lake, A Library For The Senses

With an observatory and a butterfly garden, the Tye Preston Memorial Library is much more than your regular reading room. 

“If you have a garden, and a library, you have everything you need.”

-Cicero, Roman politician and philosopher in ‘The Letters to His Friends’

The ancient Greeks clearly had their priorities right, if you have a garden and a library, you’re doing pretty well, and if you add an observatory into that mix, you’re on a roll.

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Classical Music
5:14 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

The ETA3 Trio, In Concert

L to R: Alexey Gorokholinsky, Milana Strezeva, Chelsea Knox
Nathan Cone TPR

A last-minute substitution lent some nervous energy to the ETA3 Trio’s performance on October 14 as part of the Tuesday Musical Club’s annual Artist Series. With only a few hours to rehearse, Milana Strezeva took the place of the ensemble’s regular pianist, Tomoko Nakayama, who couldn’t be released from a performance back in the group’s home base of New York.

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Arts & Culture
5:01 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Igudesman And Joo: In Theater Of The Absurd, Beautifully Blended Music Reigns Supreme

There’s a two-man act coming to San Antonio, an act unlike anything you’ve seen. I was able to track them down by phone in Cincinnati, and I have to admit, it was hilarious. (Editor's note: listening to this story will convey much more than just reading it).

It seemed an easy enough question when I asked it. “Tell me — what is it that you all do.” And yes, there it was, that first little burst of something that indicated this interview would not be quite the norm. “Ha-ha…what is it that we all do?”

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