Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Mark Menjivar

Artpace is a downtown gallery for modern art, but it's also a place that generates art. Three times a year Artpace draws artists to the city in its Artists in Residence program. They live at Artpace, creating projects in the facility's studios. Recently, the spring crop of resident artists  revealed their creations.  

"I am Fatma Bucak and I’m a Kurdish Artist from Turkey."

She was raised along the border with Syria, which made the very concept  of borders fascinating, and fluid to her.

Nathan Cone

San Antonio native Alyson Alonzo visited our studios late one afternoon after nearly all the staff had gone home for the night. The building was quiet and the rich evening sun poured in through the windows. The setting seemed to fit Alyson’s style to the nines; her vintage voice and dichotomized new-wave beats blended into the caramelized evening. After her short set (you can listen and watch below), she sat down with us for an interview where she discussed her vocal techniques, musical influences and family history.

Nathan Cone

San Antonio rapper Chris Conde wears many hats, all of which influence his music. He’s a drag queen, recovering addict, musical connoisseur, lyrical genius, and an astute musician who calls San Antonio home after growing up pretty much around the world, having been born here into a military family. He returned to San Antonio a little over six years ago.

There’s a city event that gives young filmmakers a theatrical outlet for their efforts.  Department of Culture and Creative Development's Film Commission Director Drew Mayer-Oakes talked about the July 22 event with TPR's Jack Morgan.

“The City Block Cinema event this year is happening at the historic Guadalupe Theater, which we really love to show films there, because the staff is so wonderful and it’s a great movie-viewing experience.  We start at 6 o’clock with networking, and we get the show rolling at 7:30.”

Leon Dachert

South Texas Jazz lovers probably know about Primetime Jazz Orchestra led by John Magaldi. He’s one of those band leaders who spreads around the praise to the other members of his band.

"I don’t have ‘leader-itus,’ he quipped during a recent interview with Texas Public Radio.

“ I kick off the tempos and so forth, but the band is made up of some of the best musicians in the country."