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12:00 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Opera Piccola Bringing Two New Productions On Mother's Day Weekend

On May 10 and 11, Opera Piccola are bringing two operas to the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre stage.

“Anytime we get to perform or present two pieces of new opera in a place for the first time, it’s exciting," said Opera Piccola Artistic Director Mark Richter. 

“There are two one-act operas; two very different kinds of experiences," he said. "One, of course, is derived from the ancient tale of Orpheus and how he follows his love Eurydice into the underworld after she dies.”

You may have heard of Orpheus and Eurydice.

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Arts & Culture
2:01 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

"Golden Theater" At The Playhouse Provides A Creative Outlet For Seniors

Golden Theater.
Andrea Medina

A new production is relying on some not-so-new actors. As someone who is gray-haired myself, I can call those actors not-so-new. Although many of them are new to acting itself. The program is called Golden Theater.

Christina Casella, the education outreach director at The Playhouse, said the program is basically theater classes for senior citizens.

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Arts & Culture
1:39 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Fiesta Fantasias Set To Rock Hemisfair Park Beginning Wednesday

Hemisfair arch decorated.
Judi Deleon

Fiesta continues, and this week Hemisfair Park will be alive with music for an event called Fiesta Fantasias.

"Fiesta Fantasias is a free event: We’ll have music, food, beverages, arts and crafts, and the only laser light show set to music during Fiesta," said Judi Deleon, who heads the San Antonio Parks Foundation.

"The event takes place Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 5 p.m. doors open until 10:30 in the evening.  Did I mention it was free?" she said.

I asked her to tell me more about the synchronized laser light show.

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Arts & Culture
10:46 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Boerne's New Sculpture Space Is Part Garden, Part Gallery

Sculpture garden.
Johny Rosa

I was driving recently in Boerne, and came up to a stop sign at Plant Street and River Road. Movement on my peripheral vision made me turn and look.

“Those are kinetic wind sculptures," said Johny Rosa, who knows them well because he put them there. And he knows the artist.

“His name is Jim LaPaso. He makes every one of those sculptures by hand,” Rosa said.

I had discovered, by accident, Boerne’s new sculpture garden. Rosa created and paid for it himself.

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Arts & Culture
4:06 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Worldwide Poetic Event Slated in San Antonio

San Antonio’s Urban 15 is closing out National Poetry Month on April 30 with a six-hour online poetry reading called Mega Corazon.

The way it came about was through last month’s poetry event called "Mi Pueblo" by the city’s former Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla. George Cisneros, Urban-15's Media Director, explains:

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Arts & Culture
4:45 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

SAY Si Graduates Get Set For Exit Art Show On May 2

Many local schools are beginning to think about graduation but SAY Sí, the afterschool youth program that says it “unfolds lives through art,” is getting ready to graduate 18 seniors in just a couple weeks.

“On Friday, May 2, which is the First Friday here in the Southtown Arts District, and it’s from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.,” said Artistic Executive Director Jon Hinojosa. He said that for the graduation, graduates’ art output will be showcased for all to see.

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Arts & Culture
2:58 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

"Frackaso," An Art Perspective On Hydraulic Fracturing

Frackaso poster.
Credit Esperanza Peace and Justice Center

A new exhibit opens Friday combining art and fossil fuel extraction called Frackaso. The Esperanza Peace and Justice Center’s Marisol Cortez explained how it was named.

“In English it’s a play on fracas: a mess, a fracas. And in Spanish fracaso means an utter and abject failure,” Cortez said.

And then there’s fracking, which is the third and strongest meaning of this art show. The Esperanza sent out the word they wanted to do an exhibit with hydraulic fracturing as its muse, and people responded.   

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Arts & Culture
11:20 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Enjoy Red White & Blue Sounds During Fiesta With USAF Band

L to R: Senior Aiman Dan Thrower, Tech Sgt. John Caputo, Master Sgt. John Rider, Master Sgt. Hughey Hancock, Staff Sgt. Laura Kluga
Nathan Cone

Members of the Gateway Brass recently visited the TPR studios for a performance and conversation about their careers in music and in the U.S. Air Force. You can hear three songs recorded in our session at the bottom of this page.

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Arts & Culture
10:51 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Southwest School Of Art's Fiesta Arts Fair Is This Weekend

Fiesta Arts Fair.
Rivoli Revue

The Southwest School of Art is putting on their Fiesta Arts Fair this weekend. It all happens under the pecans and crape myrtles in between the limestone buildings and shady walkways that make up the old Ursuline campus downtown.

“This weekend we have what some people say is their very favorite, or their only, Fiesta event, and that’s Fiesta Arts Fair," said Southwest School of Art President Paula Owen.

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Arts & Culture
2:27 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

San Antonio Recognized As One Of 27 "Fascinating" Libraries In the World

San Antonio Public Library.
Daniel Casillas

It seems that San Antonio built one of the most fascinating libraries in the world according to a new CNN iReport feature.

“We were one of several libraries, 27 libraries actually, that were viewed as fascinating libraries,” said Ramiro Salazar, director of the Central Library.

CNN iReport asked its readers to send in pictures to document their favorite libraries. Readers from Seattle to Dublin to Taipei to Prague to San Antonio sent pictures in.

"Obviously, we’re extremely pleased,” said Salazar.

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