Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Bryan Anthony Ramirez

I've been in Austin taking in South By Southwest (SXSW) and looking for San Antonio connections. One of those is Bright Like The Sun,  a 5-man San Antonio band. You can tell by their sound (Hit "Listen" above to hear them) they’re not a standard dance band. I spoke to two of the guitarists, Rob Mochen, and Chris Etheridge. Here’s Chris, then Rob.

"As opposed to verse/chorus, verse chorus, we try to proceed in movements. And generally we like the movements to get bigger and bigger and bigger."

On Saturday night, musicians and friends of the late Doug Sahm will gather to honor his music and his life, showcased in Joe Nick Patoski’s documentary about the San Antonio-born music icon. TPR’s Jack Morgan spoke to the director about his story of Sahm.

It wasn’t just any 11-year-old who could get on stage with Hank Williams Sr. and that, at what was once one of Austin’s best-known music venues and home to the stars — the Skyline Club. But in December 1952, at the age of 11 and a month or more so, “Little” Doug Sahm did.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is showcasing the work of students from around the country who produced short films about service and giving back for a White House contest. The budding filmmakers include a Montana 6-year-old alarmed about climate change, and a group of Chicago high school students who spin a hip-hop yarn of encouragement for peers facing adversity.

A California 17-year-old entered a “sockumentary” about helping the homeless one pair of socks at a time and an 18-year-old from Arizona uses his film to raise awareness about Navajo water rights issues.

From Austin High School in Austin, comes The Archer Hadley Story, about an 18-year-old born with cerebral palsy and his campaign to get wheelchair-accessible doors installed at his Texas school. The teenager raised the money by coming up with a series of wheelchair challenges for other students, asking them to spend a day experiencing life in a wheelchair. The project raised more than $80,000.

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NEW YORK — As she takes in the despair of her in-laws’ one-room apartment in A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche Dubois exclaims, “Only Poe! Only Mr. Edgar Allan Poe could do it justice!”

Years earlier, Tennessee Williams channeled Poe for an entire story. Williams’ The Eye That Saw Death, appearing in the spring issue of The Strand Magazine, is a feverish, 4,800-word horror tale clearly inspired by the patron of the genre. 

Recently unearthed by Strand managing editor Andrew F. Gulli, The Eye That Saw Death is narrated by an unnamed man who has suffered from a seemingly incurable disease that has left him nearly blind. Gulli, who has previously published little-known works by Graham Greene and John Steinbeck among others, found The Eye That Saw Death at one of the country’s leading literary archives, the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

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The name of the Austin-based instrumental ensemble, Mundi, gives ample evidence of the range of their repertoire. If there's any further indication needed that their beat is world music, look them up online, where they reside as