We’ve been looking at the San Pedro Creek Project from north to south, and now we’re down to its last section, called Campo Abajo, or the Lower Field. This stretch goes from Guadalupe Street to South Alamo.
"There’s already economic development happening," said San Antonio River Authority’s Suzanne Scott about the area. "The new Kipp Academy is going to be located in this stretch and we’ve already been in conversations with them about having educational opportunities for the kids."
The shadowy, tough-as-nails characters of Boston author Dennis Lahane are transferred to Brooklyn (for no apparent reason) in “The Drop,” a new film by the Academy Award-nominated director Michaël R. Roskam. Tom Hardy stars as Bob Saginowski, a bartender who may or may not have a wicked past. He’s so detached and unemotional, he keeps you guessing throughout the film. It’s actually a wonder that any of the supporting characters can manage to have a conversation with him.
Bexar County has put aside $125 million to completely re-do a two-mile stretch of downtown’s San Pedro Creek. I've been looking at the plan in detail, and it is pretty amazing. Currently the creek is a concrete drainage ditch, but what designers and engineers have imagined is something that looks a bit like a narrower Museum Reach.
The original reasoning for the project is flood control and water quality improvements; both to be accomplished through an underground overflow tunnel, with the added cleansing benefit that re-circulated water is pumped from it.
The San Antonio Symphony celebrates 75 years this season, and they are definitely celebrating in style. After a combined debut earlier this month with Ballet San Antonio and the Opera San Antonio, the symphony takes up residence at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts on September 20. That night, super star soprano Renee Fleming will join the orchestra and music director Sebastian Lang-Lessing for an evening of incredible music making. The season officially starts on October 10 with a performance of Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No. 2.”
The San Pedro Creek project has been making a lot of headlines of late. This is a series to get Bexar County residents aware of what its creators say it will bring. First, you have to know where the project will happen. San Pedro creek flows roughly north to south on the west side of downtown. As far as being an attractive creek, it’s not.
"Over the years it’s become a highly neglected eyesore," said Precinct 2 County Commissioner Paul Elizondo, who cites its location and history.
The San Antonio River Authority is executing another massive project based on one of the city’s waterways.
Coming on the heels of its now five-year-old Museum Reach, and its nearly finished Mission Reach transformations of the San Antonio River, the San Antonio River Authority will soon exercise that authority over another of the city’s smaller waterways.
Blue Star has opened yet another new exhibit. It's called "Dark and Lovely," and it has an interesting premise.
"Dark and Lovely explores issues of identity by exploring hair, and how those tiny, delicate strands have the power to identify us to the world," said Jennifer Ling Datchuk, the artist behind the exhibit. And to her, hair is a really big deal.
Mystery abounds in Peter Weir’s “Picnic At Hanging Rock,” a movie that would not ever be made today both for its unresolved plot as well as the subtlety at which the movie suggests the budding sexuality of its young stars. If Hollywood were making this movie now, it would star a bikini-clad Selena Gomez and end with the revelation that she was swallowed by a UFO or something. But I’m getting ahead of myself.