Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
2:43 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

New West Side Bus Shelters Are Works Of Art

West Side bus shelter
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

Bus shelters may seem like a mundane place for art. But as I found out, not if you’re in San Antonio.
They are bright red, green, orange, purple and pink. And there's a reason for that.

“This is seen as a gateway to this cultural corridor, this district,” said San Antonio Public Art Manager Jimmy LeFlore.

“These different bus stops are a point of departure and a point of entry, and now, with the artists designs, which we’re dedicating today, it really celebrates the arts in this area,” LeFlore said.

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Arts & Culture
3:33 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Tejano Ranch Life Comes To The Big City At The Institute Of Texan Cultures

Curandero.
courtesy Institute of Texan Cultures

It’s a slowly disappearing lifestyle in Texas, but this Sunday it’ll be all on display. The Institute for Texan Cultures is featuring one of those cultures: Tejano Ranching.

"There’s a whole culture and way of life around ranching," said the ITC's Brandon Aniol. "A lot of the folks we’re going to have on Sunday are active ranchers and vaqueros in their everyday life. "

Vaqueros is the Spanish word for cowboys.

"And we’re bringing their lifeways into the museum here for folks to look at," said Aniol.

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Arts & Culture
11:24 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Part 4: San Pedro Creek Completion

Townlake Area today

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."

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Movie Reviews
10:30 am
Thu September 11, 2014

A Barkeep With A Past, In Slow-Burning Thriller "The Drop"

James Gandolfini and Tom Hardy are bar owners that have a lot to be worried about in "The Drop."
Credit Fox Searchlight

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. 

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Arts & Culture
2:37 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

San Pedro Creek Makeover, Part 3: Details

The Meander stretch of San Pedro Creek.
San Antonio River Authority

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.

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Classical Music
4:07 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

San Antonio Symphony Reveals New Season Plans

Credit San Antonio Symphony

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.”

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Arts & Culture
2:53 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Re-Imagining The San Pedro Creek Space, Part 2

Town Lake Area, first character area
Credit San Antonio River Authority

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.

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Arts & Culture
9:39 am
Tue September 9, 2014

San Pedro Creek's Extreme Makeover, Part 1

Future Look of San Pedro Creek

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.  

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Arts & Culture
2:00 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Blue Star Exhibit Asks: Does Hair Make The Woman?

Jennifer Ling Datchuk.
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

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.

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Movies
9:35 pm
Sat September 6, 2014

Nearly 40 Years Later, Secrets Of "Hanging Rock" Still Beguiling

Miranda (Anne-Louise Lambert), laying with nature.
Credit Courtesy of the Criterion Collection

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.

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