Arts & Culture

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It was after the bars had closed and well into the pre-dawn hours of an August morning in 1966 when San Francisco cops were in Gene Compton's cafeteria again. They were arresting drag queens, trans women and gay hustlers who had been sitting for hours, eating and gossiping and coming down from their highs with the help of 60-cent cups of coffee.

Classical Music And The Big Give

May 5, 2015
San Antonio Symphony
Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

The Big Give is not only about raising funds for the organizations you love, but about discovering new opportunities to support worthy causes. If you’re looking for classical music organizations to support in South Texas, here’s a list of participating agencies, with links to their Big Give pages. At the bottom of this post, you'll find links to articles about some of the organizations in the list.

These are the groups that fill our hearts with beautiful music. Give local, and give big!


What Is Cinco De Mayo?

May 5, 2015

Today is Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May), a Mexican holiday traditionally celebrated with colorful costumes, singing, dancing and lots of drinking.

The day is well known in U.S., but as we sip on margaritas, do we know exactly what we’re celebrating?

The holiday commemorates a Mexican victory over the French in Puebla on May 5, 1862.

The first thing you notice when you get on Willie Nelson's tour bus is a pungent aroma. Parked outside a gigantic casino and performance venue in Thackerville, Okla., Nelson offers NPR's David Greene a joint, which Greene declines. Nelson says he understands.

Xan Padrón

A Spanish musician is pushing the limits of her chosen instrument, and now she’s coming to San Antonio.

“My name is Cristina Pato. I am a bagpiper from Galicia, in Spain.”

 You probably haven’t heard bagpipers make the kinds of sounds she does.  (Hit "Listen" to hear her music)

 “For me, trying to make the instrument work outside of its comfort zone, is always a beautiful challenge. I have been playing bagpipes since I was four years old. That means it’s like an extension of my personality.”