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From Texas Standard:

About 2 million American girls were born in 2002. That means they’re turning 15 this year. And many are celebrating with a quinceañera. It’s the rite of passage party usually celebrated by Hispanic girls. It’s similar to a “Sweet 16,” but celebrations are often much more extravagant.

Briscoe Western Art Museum

The Briscoe Western Art Museum's Yanaguana Indian Arts Market will be filling their river side facility with art and sound on Oct. 7 and 8. 

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SOLI Chamber Ensemble, San Antonio’s forward-thinking new music group, is returning to its small-venue roots this season with a series of intimate performances at Jazz, TX. For each of its performances, it will spend one night at the Pearl Brewery venue, and another night at its home base of Ruth Taylor Concert Hall on the Trinity University campus.

“Drinks help the music sound better,” jokes Ertan Torgul, the group’s violinist. “It's kind of a relaxed atmosphere.”

Norma Martinez

Sunny Ozuna is an icon of Tejano music.  Not only has he been making music since his high school days in the 1950s, but he’s an artist whose discography goes on for days. The 74-year-old San Antonio native has a new album that is a retrospective of his oldies R&B hits of the '60s and early '70s.  It’s called Mr. Brown Eyed Soul.  Texas Public Radio's Norma Martinez recently had a chance to talk with "El Cancionero" about the new album and a reflection on his life and career.

Axiomphoto.net by Ternell Washington

On Fridays, we give you a preview of some of the weekend's most interesting events. This week, it's a little different, with an emphasis on the last event.  

First off, on Saturday at the Institute of Texan Cultures Buddhist monks are creating a community mandala out of colorful sands. It's called The Mystical Arts of Tibet, and promises to be both fascinating and beautiful. Then on Saturday night, Texas original Billy Joe Shaver is playing a great live outdoor venue outside of Boerne, the Round Up. 

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