March is Contemporary Art Month so to find out more, I talked to CAM Co-Director Chris Sauter.
“The kickoff party for the Contemporary Art Month is Thursday at the Blue Star (Contemporary Art Museum). And the Contemporary Art Month’s closing party takes place at Chris Park on March 28,” Sauter said.
Chris Park is Southtown’s beautiful little private/public art-themed park. Between the kickoff and the closing party is a month’s worth of events designed to get contemporary art on our collective radar. Sauter explained one of the ways they do it:
A new documentary called "Stolen Education" reveals a little-known South Texas story. It all started in the town of Driscoll. It was 1956 and a school there was doing something odd -- and illegal.
“They were placing children with Spanish surnames automatically into three years of first-grade track," explained Enrique Alemán, Executive Producer of the documentary. “They called it a beginner, low and high first grade. Parents found out about that and contacted Dr. Hector P. Garcia, founder of the American GI Forum.”
The touring version of smash Broadway hit "Wicked" is playing the Majestic Theater in March. I caught up with one of its stars, Kathy Fitzgerald, who plays Madame Morrible in the Broadway touring company..
Her role is a decidedly evil one.
“Yeah, I’m not nice," Fitzgerald said. "I’m not nice."
In researching the story I read up on exactly what the play was about. It has got a rather twisted premise: That iconic American film "The Wizard of OZ" didn't do everyone justice.
Longtime Contemporary Art Curator David Rubin has resigned at the San Antonio Museum of Art. Rubin, who was raised in California and went to Harvard, moved to San Antonio from New Orleans in the wake of Katrina.
“We adore David here at the Museum,” said SAMA’s Kelso Director Katie Luber.
As to why he left the museum:
“I think David decided to pursue some other options in his career," Luber said.
Luber didn’t want to go into much detail about the departure, but lauded him highly when talking about Rubin's work at the museum.
There is far more to the Aztec Theatre's story than just its future -- its past and architectural pedigree are nothing short of fascinating. I spoke to San Antonio Conservation Society’s Sue Ann Pemberton, who said its architectural theme is called Mayan Revival.
"It was constructed in 1926 as one of the thematic theaters of San Antonio" Pemberton explained. "The Aztec, the Mixtec, the Zapotec, the Toltec and the Mayan cultures were all revealed here in this theater."
After years of disuse, the vintage 1926 Aztec Theater fronting St. Mary’s and Commerce Streets downtown, has now been re-imagined and completely re-modeled. But it almost didn’t happen that way.
“This was almost condemned, and this building almost came down and became a hotel,” said Sam Panchevre of popular restaurant and live music venue Sam’s Burger Joint fame. He describes what he's done at the Aztec.
"It’s an adaptive re-use of old architecture," he said.
Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia died suddenly of a heart attack today in Cancun, Mexico, while on the beach with his children.
The 66-year-old guitarist vastly expanded the international audience for flamenco music and helped to legitimize flamenco in Spain itself, during a time when the music was largely being ignored by mainstream popularity.