Arts & Culture

11:05 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Ballet San Antonio's "Black Swan" Talks Opening Night At Tobin Center

Sarah Pautz
Credit Alexander Devora

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts opens in grand style next Thursday but this Thursday I spoke to to Sarah Pautz, principle dancer for Ballet San Antonio, who has a lot on the line that night.

As you’d expect, she’s a slight, delicate-looking person. But that look is deceptive. She’s muscular, determined and focused. The opening program on Thursday is a series of excerpts from popular productions, such as "Swan Lake."

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Arts & Culture
3:41 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Freddie Steady Five Shaking It Up At Fredericksburg Roots Music Series

Pioneer Museum's Roots Music Concert Series is coming to a close, but not before one more night of music. I spoke to Freddie Steady Krc. That isn't a misspelling.

“It (his last name) is a Czech name and I’ve been over to the Czech Republic to record a record back in the 1990s," Krc said. "And it’s an unusual name there as well.”

I noted that he just had a shortage of vowels.

“I know!” he laughed.

Krc is playing Saturday night at the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg. I asked him to tell me what people could expect.

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Arts & Culture
11:07 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Lila Downs: Music Rooted in Different Cultures

An international performer will be hit the stage at the Majestic on Sunday.  Lila Downs has an alluring, very different sound. (Hit "Listen" above to hear it)

“I’m very excited about coming to San Antonio," Downs said. "It’s always a very special, has a very special place in my heart. I was able to record with Flaco Jimenez a few years back.”

Lila describes her vibe as a youthful take on roots music—happy, festive, rhythmic.

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Arts & Culture
4:42 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

San Antonio Artist Bill FitzGibbons Shines In Public Art Exhibit

Light Rails.
Courtesy the artist

A San Antonio artist has won a prestigious national award. Light, in fact, is the medium of the piece created by Bill FitzGibbons.

“I installed in downtown Birmingham, Alabama; a public artwork called Light Rails," FitzGibbons said. "It was put in an art deco 1930s railroad underpass.”

The place was a wide and very dark railroad bridge separating downtown Birmingham from a neat new park and ball field the city built. But as FitzGibbons explained, it was not an inviting place.

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Arts & Culture
4:09 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

SAY Si's Fotoseptiembre Exhibit Made Of More Than Pictures

Harvey Bailey SAY Sí

There’s a photo exhibit that opens next week that’s a lot deeper than it first seems to be. Echoes: Reconstructions of Images Past is filled with pictures, but it’s how they got to be pictures that reveals their artistry.

“What the students are doing is they’re actually bringing family photographs, and they’re deconstructing those photographs, separating them foreground, middle and background,” said SAY Sí MEdia Arts Director Guillermina Zabala on the process. They students scan a picture then digitally separate its elements in Photoshop.

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Arts & Culture
12:31 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Visual Arts Festival FotoSeptiembre Beginning In San Antonio

Mami Kiyoshi

It’s a festival where the visual arts are what really matters. It’s called Fotoseptiembre.

“Fotoseptiembre is an eclectic, inclusive, community-based festival, with curated components of international artists,” said Michael Mehl, the founder and director of the Fotoseptiembre USA International Photography Festival. And while pictures are its largest focus, there’s a wider angle to it.

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Music Reviews
11:12 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Saxophonist Invites You To Revisit "A Summer Place"

Credit Sony Classical

Before August gets away from us, saxophonist Amy Dickson’s new album arrives this month to celebrate classic melodies of the summer, most of them from films of the 1950s and ‘60s. Dickson’s previous albums have straddled both the classical world and popular music.

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Arts & Culture
4:06 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Decide Which Films Are Winners And Losers At The Gong Shorts Competition

Winner Eric Lopez with host Jade Esteban Estrada.
Joshua Simmons

It’s a San Antonio film competition that’s unlike the others in the Alamo City. Like many film gatherings, filmmakers get together to offer their films.

“So right now we’re doing our call for entries for local filmmakers," said Kimberly Suta, who produces the event.

“And basically the film needs to be between three and fifteen minutes long,” she said.

I had heard there was something about her film competition that makes it a little different.

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Arts & Culture
2:33 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

British Artist Finally Sees His San Antonio Installation

Martin Donlin and "Hippocrates."
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

British artist Martin Donlin finally got to visit his own installed piece in San Antonio. Donlin’s “Hippocrates,” an 18 ft. by 30 ft. wall-mounted glass sculpture, dominates a wall that’s the transition from the old Methodist Hospital, to the new Sky Tower.

“The old building finishes and the new one begins. So we’ve got him kind of looking backwards and forwards,” he said.

The installation is highly symbolic. If you look carefully, the wide view suggests the Rod of Asclepius, which was wielded by the ancient Greek god of healing and medicine.

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Arts & Culture
4:17 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Nina Diaz Debuts New Band At The Tobin's New River Walk Plaza

Nina Diaz and her band
Daniela Riojas

The Tobin Center’s River Walk Plaza will be opening with a bang. If you know Girl in a Coma, you know Nina Diaz. I spoke to her Friday afternoon.

“I’m excited to play. It’s coming up very, very soon,” she said.

Diaz is the 26-year-old lead singer/songwriter for Girl in A Coma, which despite its success is taking a little vacation currently. Diaz speaks of it carefully, and respectfully.

“It’s still a process, but we’re all mature women,” she said.

Her self-titled new band makes its electric San Antonio debut at the Tobin’s outside River Walk venue.

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