Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

The American wing of the Young Men's Christian Association — a worldwide organization founded in London in 1844 — launched the first basketball teams and group swim lessons in the U.S., popularized exercise classes and created the oldest summer camp still in operation, the YMCA's historians tell us.

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Drawing on letters, oral histories and interviews, Irina Baronova’s daughter, actress Victoria Tennant, warmly recounts her mother’s dramatic life, from her earliest aspirations, to her family’s flight from Russia, to her legendary performances in Paris. At the age of thirteen, Baronova became a star, chosen by the legendary George Balanchine to join the Ballets Russes, where she danced the lead in Swan Lake.

Native American youth living on reservations can often face an overwhelming array of challenges, including poverty, addiction and abuse. Partly because of hurdles, high school dropout rates and suicides are far higher on reservations than the national average.

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“The little movie with the million dollar soundtrack” is how violist and film director Matt Diekman describes his short film Upon The Awful Tree, an original story inspired by an old hymn, the director’s love of Sergio Leone, and an encounter with absinthe prepared by a fellow musician. UTSA professor Matt Dunne wrote the film’s score, which was performed by several San Antonio-area musicians, including members of the San Antonio Symphony.

  San Antonio native David Crabb is a performer, writer, teacher, and storyteller in New York City.  Crabb draws from his experiences in San Antonio for his memoir "Bad Kid." The teen years are difficult enough for anyone, but the transition from childhood is made more complicated by a loneliness that comes from keeping a painful secret.  And secrets are revealed in this sometimes poignant but always funny coming-of-age memoir called Bad Kid, whic

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