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KPAC Programming
1:57 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

San Antonio Symphony Returns To KPAC July 26

Sebastian Lang-Lessing conducts the San Antonio Symphnony
San Antonio Symphony

Experience the beauty and drama of live and local classical music on KPAC 88.3 FM beginning Saturday, July 26, as Texas Public Radio presents the very best of the San Antonio Symphony's 2013–2014 artistic season with a handpicked selection of concerts. Relive these world-class performances or experience them for the first time on both KPAC 88.3 FM in San Antonio and on KTXI 90.1 FM in the Hill Country, Saturday evenings at 7 p.m.

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Arts & Culture
11:39 am
Tue July 15, 2014

New Blue Star Mosaic On River Walk Created By Student

Compass Rose on the River Walk near San Fernando Cathedral.
Credit Elizabeth Lyons

A new River Walk art installation went in last week. The piece is called Compass Rose.

“Compass Rose is a 4 ft. by 3 ft. glazed ceramic mosaic that is situated in the geographic center of San Antonio on the River Walk,” said Alex Rubio, the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum’s Artist in Residence for their mosaic program.

As Rubio detailed, the mosaic program mentors high school students that they recruit from art programs all around the city.

“Teaching them studio practicum. Getting them involved in community work, and of course, public art,” Rubio said.

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Arts & Culture
1:15 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

If You Mess With Texas, Kevin Fowler Will Trash You

Kevin Fowler
Scott Wade

The Don’t Mess with Texas campaign been considered one of the most successful PSA runs in history and here's why: First, it’s simple. Second, as manifested in Texas singer-songwriter Kevin Fowler's new PSA, it’s undeniably catchy.

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Arts & Culture
4:03 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

SAY Si Tackles Taboo Topics For Teens

Taboo Topics
Stephen Guzman SAY Sí Communications Manager

SAY Sí is opening a new exhibition, and it has an unusual theme. First, to be sure you remember SAY Sí, here’s what they do:

“We’re a youth arts and education program for high school and middle school students that challenges those students to grow professionally and artistically," said Stephan Guzman, who manages communications there.

As to how they help them grow, Guzman said one of the ways is to challenge them to create art around a central theme.

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Arts & Culture
4:22 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

'Nouveau' Flamenco Master Ottmar Liebert Coming To The Aztec Theatre

Ottmar Liebert
Greg Gorman

He’s a German who, after a trip to the far east, somehow ended up as a flamenco guitar player. He’s Ottmar Liebert, and if you haven’t heard his music, you ought to.

Liebert’s road to success has been a winding one. One that started when he was just 19 and on a train.

“In Moscow I went on the Trans Siberian Train to then the East Coast of the then Soviet Union," he said. "From there I took a boat to Japan, and then continued there to Taiwan, Honk Kong, Thailand.”

On that year-long journey he realized music held a special power.

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Arts & Culture
1:47 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Hollywood Screenwriter Spreading Insider Knowledge During San Antonio Visit

Carroll Cartwright.
Credit Topper Lilien

South Texas writers take note: A good one is coming to share his secrets. You’ve seen some of Carroll Cartwright's work in "Jumanji," "Pearl Harbor" and "What Maisie Knew," but now you get the chance to meet him.

Cartwright is a screenwriter and he’s in San Antonio for a two-day event put together by Arts San Antonio, Gemini Ink and the McNay Art Museum. First is the event put on by Gemini Ink.

“I was invited by Sheila Black from her writing program to come and teach one writing class,” Cartwright said.

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Arts & Culture
4:22 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Pilot Gino Narboni On His Incredible Life And Autobiography

Gino Narboni as a young pilot.
Gino Narboni

Now here's somebody who's led an interesting life.  He’s Gino Narboni. And no, he’s not Italian.

“I started in North Africa, in Algeria,” he said.

He’s a softspoken 90-something-year-old man now, but what a life he’s led. He ran off to join General de Gaulle’s free French movement. When they asked him what he wanted to do, he said, "I want to fly. Ha! I was barely 20 at the time.”

The free French didn’t have any airplanes then, but Gino eventually got his wish.

“I was sent to the United States for pilot training,” he said.

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Arts & Culture
2:41 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Las Casas Talent Competition Set For Broadcast On KLRN

For the last six years, the Last Casas Foundation has been busy doling out college money in talent contests. This year it's taken one step further.

“We’ve given out $500,000 in college scholarship money to graduating seniors in San Antonio and the surrounding area," said Kevin Parman, the president of Las Casas. It all started with a 135 applications.

“And we get that number down to 24 finalists,” said Parman.

And those finalists really have to perform to earn their scholarship money, as Parman explained.

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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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