Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
4:03 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Explore Local History On A Hill Country Magical History Tour

Brent Evans with musket.
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

It’s a program created by the Patrick Heath Public Library in Boerne and it’s got a very retro feel. Hearkening back to the Beatles album, it's called the Magical History Tour.

“What we are trying to do is to introduce our patrons, and anyone else who’s interested, to the history of the region," said Heath librarian Robin Stauber. To do so they’ve created these tours, and Stauber said they have gone all over the place.  

“We’ve been to New Braunfels, we’ve been to Bandera, we’ve been to Castroville, we've been into San Antonio to do some things there,” Stauber said.

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Arts & Culture
1:48 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

More Backstory On The Houston Street Bridge

Wide shot of Houston Street Bridge
Steven Collard

Last week I filed a story on how the Houston Street Bridge over the San Antonio River came to be the way it is today. I subsequently found out there was more to it that you might be interested in.

Architect David Lake of Lake|Flato Architects was out of town when I tried to reach him last week for that story. Then on Monday he called me back.

"Houston Street Bridge was part of the Tri-Party project which was started in 1989 and completed in 1991," Lake said.

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Arts & Culture
4:59 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

The Playhouse's 'Wizard Of Oz' Still Needs A Toto

The Playhouse needs a Toto.
The Playhouse

Casting is nearly complete for a local Playhouse production. But there's still a part un-cast.

“We are really excited," said Christina Casella, the education and outreach director for The Playhouse. "And who wouldn’t be? It’s 'The Wizard of Oz.' "

I asked her how the development of  special effects was going.

"The show opens in October, but they have already started working with the pyrotechnics and the smoke," Casella said. "They’re really excited; I think they’re having too much fun up there.”

Then we moved on to casting.

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Arts & Culture
3:20 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Ballet Latino De San Antonio Dances To An International Rhythm

San Antonio has recently gained another ballet company. It’s called Ballet Latino de San Antonio.

"This is a neo-classical company that fuses classical ballet with Latin rhythm," said Mayra Worthen, who is the founder and artistic director.

“We present the classic movement, but with the Latin flavors and music," she said. "Now, that’s not all we do, but that is the style. It’s all over the place, as far as the music goes, but most of it has the Latin rhythm to it.”

I asked her to tell me about her company.

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Arts & Culture
4:51 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Guadalupe's New Exhibit Has Parallel Meaning

It’s called Flatland, and it's the new exhibit at Museo Guadalupe. To get a handle on it, I spoke with Guadalupe Cultural Center Executive Director and Curator Patty Ortiz. It turns out it's a pretty complex idea for an exhibition.

“Flatland all began with something I was noticing about contemporary art. It was this urge from artists to start using this flat imagery. Flat colors, flat design,"  Ortiz states.

But this is where Flatland also takes on a whole different meaning.

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Arts & Culture
4:38 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Have You Taken The Time To Notice This Bridge?

San Jose Mission Pillar
Paul Hester

You’ve probably seen it often, perhaps even driven over it daily. But have you ever really stopped and looked at it?

“There are four columns on the Houston Street Bridge, and each one was to represent one of the Missions in San Antonio,” states Malou Flato.

Twenty-three years ago Flato designed the tiles that were placed on the outside of the columns.

“And then David Lake thought I should have a map on each one saying how far downstream each mission was from that bridge,” he continues.

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Arts & Culture
4:48 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Freedom Fest's Fabulous Fourth At Market Square

Freedom Fest.
Courtesy city of San Antonio

If you’re still making your Fourth of July plans, here's an idea to consider: Freedom Fest downtown at Market Square.

“We’ve been having this for years and years and years," said Mark Jenkins, who manages Market Square, which you may also know as El Mercado.

“We usually do it for three days and this year we’re doing it the 4th, 5th and 6th,” Jenkins said.

Freedom Fest features a lot of live music.

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Arts & Culture
3:36 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

H-E-B Body Adventure Not Just An Exhibit, An Interactive Experience With Health

Toddler at food display.
Julie Ledet, Witte Museum

Just in time for summer exploring, there’s a new exhibit at the Witte Museum called the H-E-B Body Adventure powered by University Health System.

Curator of Archeology and Health Bryan Bayles calls it a “brand new, four-story, indoor-outdoor interactive experience that’s all about health IQ, empowerment and wellness.”

While that sounds a bit nerdy and wonkish, the actuality is anything but. During my visit I saw dozens of children going from exhibit to exhibit, interacting as they were supposed to, and very likely, learning all the while.

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KPAC Blog
4:40 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

UTSA's Statewide Choir Retreat "Boot Camp"

UTSA Choir Camp.
Gary Mabry

The halls of UTSA have been filled with the sound of singing the last few days thanks to a statewide choir camp, which brought about 250 high school students statewide onto the campus.

UTSA Professor of Music Gary Mabry said the camp begins Sunday evening and runs through Wednesday afternoon.

Those students are broken up into alto, tenors, sopranos and basses, and they’re sectioned off to work with group leaders.

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Arts & Culture
2:11 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Photo Exhibit At Blue Star Features Striking Portrait Silhouettes

Jenelle Esparza
Jack Morgan

An exhibit opening at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum on Wednesday is a series of portraits that don’t really look like portraits.

“A common theme throughout this work and a lot of my work is identity," said Jenelle Esparza, the artist/photographer whose work is featured in the exhibit called Ancestral Archetypes.

"So I used silhouettes of people instead of a detailed frontal portrait of somebody," she said.

In fact those portraits reveal very little detail of each person’s face, and as Esparza explained, that’s not by accident.

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